Former President of India dies after code diagnosis


Former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has died 21 days after confirming that he had a positive experience with the novel Coronavirus.

Former President of India dies after code diagnosis


The 84-year-old was in hospital for a brain hemorrhage when he was diagnosed’ with code 19.

Prior to serving as President between 2012 and 2017, Mr. Mukherjee held several key portfolios during his 51-year political career.

These included the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Defense.

His son Abhijeet confirmed the news in a tweet.

https://twitter.com/ABHIJIT_LS/status/1300407074560471041

Mr. Mukherjee has also served on the boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Most of his career was with the Congress party, which dominated Indian politics for decades before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered two consecutive losses in 2014 and 2019.

Mr. Mukherjee joined the party in the 1960s under then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, whom he described as his patron.

In 1986, he joined the Congress leadership and started his own political party, but returned two years later.

Mr. Mukherjee has been a Member of Parliament for 37 years, widely known as the Consensus Builder. This is an important and valuable attribute given that successive governments before 2014 were based’ on alliances.

However, Mr. Mukherjee's ambition - to become the Prime Minister of India - was never’ realized.

After the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and his party's unexpected election victory in 2004 - he was twice ignored’ for the post.

Man Mohan Singh, a trained economist who was elected’ Prime Minister, later said that Mr. Mukherjee had every reason to be sad. "I was better off being the prime minister but he also knew I had no choice in the matter," Dr Singh said.

Pranab Mukherjee was one of the most amazing politicians of India.

As a leading figure in the Congress party, he has been in charge of every important ministry in India, namely trade, defense, foreign affairs and finance, over a half-century long political career.

The way this mediocre leader lacked a large-scale politician - he was mostly elected’ to the upper house of parliament. He built with a deep sense of realism and strong management skills.

During the two terms of the Congress-led government that ended in 2014, Mr. Mukherjee discussed the great injustices and the flat waters of the undisputed coalition.

He worked tirelessly to build consensus on a fleet of rights-based legislation on issues such as food security and the right to information, which helped his party gain political stature and popularity.

His record as finance minister in the second term was less than excellent: the economy warmed up, inflation soared and interest rates soared. Critics called him India's worst ever finance minister.

As the 13th President of the Republic, Mr. Mukherjee is on a good line with his party's arch-enemy and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his own Congress party leaders.

In many ways, he was an extraordinary concession to the roughness and rigor of Indian politics: a quiet two-way leader and an encyclopedic memory-stricken consensus builder.

When Mr. Mukherjee was appointed’ President of India in 2012, he was acknowledged to be the most experienced politician to ever hold the post.

As president, he saw the rejection of 18 bills that had been sent’ to him for consensus. Presidents usually do not reject bills sent to them.

He also rejected 30 mercy petitions from death row inmates - the highest of any Indian president.

As a result, Afzal Guru, convicted of involvement in the 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament, was hanged’ in February 2013.

Yaqub Menon, convicted of financing the 1993 Mumbai terror attacks, and Ajmal Kasab, a gunman involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, were also executed’ during his time. 

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