Pranab Mukherjee: News

Pranab Mukherjee was a member of the Indian National Congress who served as the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017. Mukherjee has also served as the Union Finance Minister from 2009-2012. In 2019, he received the Bharat Ratna by his successor as President, Ram Nath Kovind. In 1967, he began his political journey as a founding member of the Bangla Congress. He played an important role before the 1967 election in forging the United Front Alliance against the Indian National Congress. In 1972, Mukherjee was recruited by Indira Gandhi to the Indian National Congress. He was known as a Gandhi loyalist and was called her ‘man for all seasons.’ During his term, he helped in improving the finances of the government. He founded the Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress in 1986 in West Bengal. In 2012, he was appointed as the Chief Justice of India and he became the first Bengali to become India’s President. In 2013, Mukherjee promulgated the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance and was the first President to reply to all mercy petitions of death row inmates and mercy petitions of former Presidents. He passed away in 2020 following a lung infection.

06 Dec 2023

Congress Party

Disillusioned Pranab Mukherjee denounced Gandhi-Nehru hegemony in Congress: Daughter's book

Sharmistha Mukherjee, daughter of former President and lifelong Congressman Pranab Mukherjee, has penned a book called Pranab, My Father: A Daughter Remembers, which offers a glimpse into her father's thoughts on the Gandhi family, especially Rahul Gandhi.

05 Jul 2021

West Bengal

'Will uphold integrity, secularism': Ex-President's son Abhijit Mukherjee joins TMC

Abhijit Mukherjee, the son of former President Pranab Mukherjee, joined the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) in Kolkata, West Bengal on Monday.

29 Jan 2021

Ram Nath Kovind

President Kovind condemns R-Day violence in address to Parliament

On Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind addressed both Houses of the Parliament amid a sweeping boycott by 17 Opposition parties.

01 Sep 2020


Former President Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full military honors

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who breathed his last on Monday at the age of 84, weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, was cremated at New Delhi's Lodhi Crematorium with full military honors.

31 Aug 2020


Entertainment round-up: Bollywood mourns loss of Pranab Mukherjee, more

On Monday, Bollywood celebrities took to social media to mourn the loss of former President and Congress party veteran Pranab Mukherjee, who passed away this evening at the age of 84.

31 Aug 2020

Narendra Modi

Government announces 7-day state mourning upon ex-President Pranab Mukherjee's death

The central government on Monday announced a seven-day state mourning to pay respect to former President Pranab Mukherjee, who died earlier today.

31 Aug 2020

Shashi Tharoor

Pranab Mukherjee passes away; PM Modi, President Kovind pay tributes

India's former President and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday, weeks after he tested positive for coronavirus,

31 Aug 2020

Sonia Gandhi

Former President Pranab Mukherjee passes away, had tested coronavirus positive

India's 13th President and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee passed away today, several days after he informed that he had contracted coronavirus.

31 Aug 2020

West Bengal

Pranab Mukherjee in 'septic shock after lung infection'; health declines

There has been a decline in the health of former President Pranab Mukherjee (84), the Delhi hospital where he is undergoing treatment said in a statement on Monday.

19 Aug 2020

Health & Wellness

Pranab Mukherjee's health condition worsens; develops signs of lung infection

The medical condition of former President Pranab Mukherjee has deteriorated on Wednesday after he developed signs of a lung infection, said the Army's Research & Referral (R&R) Hospital in Delhi.

14 Aug 2020

Sharmistha Mukherjee

Slight improvement: Pranab Mukherjee's daughter gives update on his health

Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee had been admitted to the hospital on Monday for brain surgery; where he had tested positive for coronavirus.

12 Aug 2020

West Bengal

As Pranab Mukherjee remains critical, daughter Sharmistha makes a wish

Congress member Sharmistha Mukherjee, the daughter of former President Pranab Mukherjee, put out a tweet on Wednesday suggesting that she has surrendered in front of Almighty, just as the 84-year-old continues to remain critical.

11 Aug 2020

Madhya Pradesh

Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, coronavirus positive, on ventilator support after surgery

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who informed on Monday that he tested positive for coronavirus, has been put on ventilator support after brain surgery, multiple reports said.

10 Aug 2020


Former President Pranab Mukherjee tests positive for coronavirus

Former President and Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee informed via a tweet on Monday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

09 Aug 2019


Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

Pranab Mukherjee, one of the tallest leaders of Congress, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor on Thursday, by President Ram Nath Kovind.

29 Jul 2019


How MP Vijay Kumar's been helping CA-aspirants realize their dreams

MP Vijay Kumar is an illustrious Chartered Accountant who needs no introduction. He is popular among CA students across the country for his books on various finance/accounting subjects.

25 Jan 2019


Pranab Mukherjee, Nanaji Deshmukh, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika awarded Bharat Ratna

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday awarded Bharat Ratna to former President Pranab Mukherjee, social activist Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumously), and music maestro Dr. Bhupen Hazarika (posthumously).

14 Dec 2018

South Africa

Ghana: Government removes 'racist' Gandhi statue from university grounds

A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, which had been unveiled in 2016 by President Pranab Mukherjee at the University of Ghana, has been removed from the university grounds on account of Gandhi's "racist" outlook towards Africans.

12 Dec 2018

Hillary Clinton

#IshaAmbaniWedding: Ambanis to host a grand reception on December 14

Anand Piramal and Isha Ambani are all set to become man and wife tonight. Their wedding is one of the biggest events of the nation and the Ambanis have made sure to make it a grand affair.

19 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Tributes paid to Indira Gandhi on her 101st birth anniversary

PM Narendra Modi and several other political leaders paid tribute to former PM Indira Gandhi on her 101st birth-anniversary today.

14 Nov 2018


PM Modi, Sonia pay tributes to Nehru's birth anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi today paid tributes to India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru on his 129th birth anniversary.

31 Oct 2018


Tributes pour in for Indira Gandhi on her 34th death-anniversary

The nation remembered former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on her 34th death anniversary today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his predecessor Manmohan Singh, former President Pranab Mukherjee, and several other leaders paying tributes to her.

24 Aug 2018


You can rate and review MPs, MLAs with this app

Former President Pranab Mukherjee today unveiled the "NETA" app, which lets users rate their MLAs and MPs and is being billed as an instrument to gauge voter sentiment across constituencies in the country.

21 Aug 2018


Ex-President Pranab Mukherjee to be 'distinguished guest faculty' at IIM-Ahmedabad

Former President Pranab Mukherjee will be a distinguished guest faculty at Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and interact with students for six days over the next three months, the institute said today.

20 Aug 2018

Narendra Modi

Nation pays tribute to Rajiv Gandhi on 74th birth anniversary

PM Narendra Modi today led the nation in paying homage to former premier Rajiv Gandhi on his 74th birth anniversary.

10 Aug 2018


This 14-year-old Bhopal boy is gifting freedom to poor prisoners

At just 14, this Bhopal boy is rich.

27 Jul 2018


Despite good-economic-growth, India way behind in overall happiness ranking: Pranab

Former President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday said despite the country having high GDP growth, high average life expectancy, which went up from 31.4 years to 68 years at present, and a quantum jump in foodgrain production since 1947, India is "way behind" in the overall happiness ranking.

10 Jul 2018


After Mukherjee, Ratan Tata to join Mohan Bhagwat on stage

A month after former president Pranab Mukherjee triggered a controversy by attending an RSS event, it is now industrialist Ratan Tata's turn.

10 Jul 2018


Mumbai: Ratan Tata to now share the stage with RSS-chief

Industrialist Ratan Tata will be sharing the stage with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat at an event in Mumbai on August 24 organized by NGO Nana Palkar Smriti Samiti, named after Sangh Pracharak Nana Palkar.

10 Jun 2018

Shiv Sena

RSS considering Mukherjee as PM, Sena claims. Sharmistha says "NOT"

Is the RSS thinking of options for 2019? Shiv Sena thinks so. And "it might put forth Pranab Mukherjee ji as PM name if BJP fails to get required numbers," party leader Sanjay Raut said, days after Mukherjee's speech at an RSS event.

08 Jun 2018


9 interesting facts you wouldn't know about RSS

RSS, since its inception, has failed to detach controversies from its periphery.

08 Jun 2018


Pranab's visit to RSS a significant event in history: Advani

BJP veteran LK Advani on Friday described former President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the RSS headquarters and his "illuminating exposition of the noble idea on Indian nationalism" as a "significant event in our country's contemporary history".

08 Jun 2018


Mukherjee highlighted unity in diversity as foundation of India: RSS

The RSS has said that former president Pranab Mukherjee, in his speech at the organization headquarters in Nagpur, underscored 'unity in diversity' as the foundation of India.

Morphed-photo of Pranab surfaces, daughter Sharmistha says 'told you so'

Soon after former President Pranab Mukherjee attended the RSS's Tritiya Varsh Training programme in Nagpur on Thursday, a morphed picture of him doing the RSS-style salute surfaced on social media.

07 Jun 2018


#PranabAtRSS: Hatred, intolerance would dilute our national identity

Speaking at the concluding ceremony of the RSS's Tritiya Varsh Training programme, former President Pranab Mukherjee said, "Any attempt to define India in terms of dogma and identities or religion, region, hatred, and intolerance will only lead to dilution of our identity."

07 Jun 2018

Narendra Modi

After Kalam, Kovind decides to skip Iftar at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Continuing his ideology of not celebrating religious ceremonies on taxpayers' expense, President Ram Nath Kovind won't host an Iftar party this time at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

07 Jun 2018


As Pranab Mukherjee readies for RSS event, daughter Sharmistha disapproves

Sharmistha Mukherjee, former president Pranab Mukherjee's daughter and a Congress leader, took to Twitter on Wednesday to express her discontent over the latter attending an RSS event in Nagpur today.

03 Jun 2018

Mohan Bhagwat

Will say whatever I have at RSS event: Pranab Mukherjee

Days after his decision to attend an RSS event triggered a political storm, former president Pranab Mukherjee has responded, asserting he'll say whatever he has to at the event.

30 May 2018

Narendra Modi

Cracks in Congress visible after Pranab Mukherjee accepts RSS' invitation

After former President Pranab Mukherjee agreed to attend a convocation of RSS pracharaks on June 7, tensions are visible in the Congress.

28 May 2018


Pranab Mukherjee to address newly recruited RSS workers in Nagpur

The RSS has invited former President Pranab Mukherjee to address its newly recruited workers on June 7 in Nagpur.

11 May 2018

Narendra Modi

Nepal: PM Modi offers special prayers at 20th century Janaki-temple

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the famed 20th century Janaki temple in Nepal's Janakpur town and offered special prayers.

16 Mar 2018

Sonia Gandhi

Foundation named after Mukherjee to improve people's quality of life

In a bid to improve the quality of life of people, a foundation named after former President Pranab Mukherjee was launched in Delhi.