Pranab Mukherjee Turns 81, President Kovind Gives Birthday Wishes; Interesting Facts About His Life
New Delhi, Dec 11: Former President Pranab Mukherjee turned 81 on Monday. Best wishes poured in on the social media for him. President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter to wish his “Pranabda”.
“Birthday greetings and best wishes for a long and happy life to former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee, whom we affectionately call “Pranabda”,” he tweeted.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu wished him long life and good health. He said he admired him for his statesmanship.
“Warmest birthday greetings to our Former President of India @CitiznMukherjee, a visionary leader throughout his illustrious political career. We wish him infinite happiness and good health,” the Congress’ twitter handle said.
Here are the key facts.
- Pranab Mukherjee was once a professor in Vidyasagar College in South 24 Paraganas in 1963 before joining politics.
- Apart from being a teacher, he also worked as a Bengali language newspaper, Desher Dak.
- Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was his mentor. She brought him into politics in 1969 and also got him elected as a member of Rajya Sabha.
- He is a workaholic and worked 18 hours a day. The only vacation he took is during Durga Puja when he visits his home town in West Bengal.
- The statesman has handled heavy ministries like defence, commerce, foreign and finance– perhaps, the only politician to do so.
- He was awarded the Best Finance Minister in the World by Euromoney Magazine in 1984.
- He presented 7 budgets as the finance minister of the country– the only leader to do so.
- He has been writing in a diary for the last 40 years. The content might get published after him.
- As the 13th President of India, he taught school children the political history of India on Teacher’s Day.
Pranab Mukherjee had played the key troubleshooter for the Gandhi family after Indira Gandhi’s demise. He once left the Congress party and floated his own political outfit; however, he was later mollified and roped in the grand-old party again.