A journalist turned politician, he wore many hats during a career that spanned political generations. Pranab Mukherjee served as the 13th President of India from July 25, 2012 to 25 July 2017. Before becoming the President, Mukherjee served at different times as Defence, Commerce, Foreign, and Finance Minister. He was elected to Rajya Sabha five times and twice to Lok Sabha. In 2019, Pranab Mukherjee was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.
A man of humble origins, Shri Mukherjee was born in the small village of Mirati in Birbhum District of West Bengal as son of freedom fighters, Shri Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi on December 11, 1935. Shri Mukherjee’s father was a Congress leader who endured great hardship including being sent to jail several times for his role in India’s struggle for independence.
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