Dr Pranab Mukherjee: The Best Prime Minister India Never Had

Dr Mukherjee was revered for his amazing foresight and immense knowledge

Sohil Nikam

August 31, 2020

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Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, breathed his last on August 31 at a Delhi hospital. The Bharat Ratna awardee was a stalwart of Indian politics right from his early days in the Congress. Having worked with three generations of the Gandhi family during his tenure in the party, he had retired in 2012 when he was chosen to be the 13th President of India. He was the backbone of the Indian Government several times, having handled important portfolios like Finance, Defence and External Affairs.

Often called “the best Prime Minister that India never had,” Dr Mukherjee was respected across party lines during and after his political career. Last year, when Narendra Modi was elected for his second tenure as Prime Minister of India, he had sought the blessings of Dr Mukherjee. “Meeting Pranab Da is always an enriching experience. His knowledge and insights are unparalleled. He is a statesman who has made an indelible contribution to our nation. Sought his blessings during our meeting today,” he had said back then.

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