Pranab Ku­mar Mukher­jee, 13th Pres­i­dent of In­dia and the Supreme Com­man­der of the armed forces


Pranab Ku­mar Mukher­jee be­came the 13th Pres­i­dent of In­dia and the Supreme Com­man­der of the Armed Forces on July 25, 2012. Prior to his elec­tion as Pres­i­dent, Mukher­jee was the Union Fi­nance Min­is­ter and the Congress party’s top trou­ble-shooter. In a po­lit­i­cal ca­reer span­ning six decades, Mukher­jee has been a se­nior leader of the In­dian Na­tional Congress and oc­cu­pied sev­eral min­is­te­rial port­fo­lios. In 2004 when Congress came to power, Mukher­jee was made the Min­is­ter of De­fence, a post which he held till 2006. It was dur­ing this ten­ure that Mukher­jee had inked the 10-year Indo-US De­fence Frame­work deal.

Mukher­jee be­gan his ca­reer as an up­per-division clerk in the of­fice of the Deputy Ac­coun­tant Gen­eral (Posts and Tele­graph) in Cal­cutta. In 1963, he be­gan teach­ing po­lit­i­cal sci­ence at the Vidyana­gar Col­lege in South 24 Par­ganas and he also worked as a jour­nal­ist with the Desher Dak (Call of Mother­land) be­fore en­ter­ing pol­i­tics.

Mukher­jee got in­volved in the pol­i­tics of the In­dian Na­tional Congress in 1969. He had man­aged the suc­cess­ful elec­tion cam­paign for in­de­pen­dent can­di­date Kr­ishna Menon dur­ing the by­elec­tions in Mid­na­pore. The then Prime Min­is­ter and Congress leader Indira Gandhi recog­nised his tal­ent and made him a part of the Congress Party and there has been no look­ing back. Mukher­jee first be­came a Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber in July 1969 and was re-elected in 1975, 1981, 1993 and 1999. He was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2004 and 2009 from Jangipura in West Ben­gal.

The Pres­i­dent of In­dia Pranab Mukher­jee sign­ing the reg­is­ter at Pres­i­dent’s of­fice at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van, on his ar­rival from the Cen­tral hall of Par­lia­ment af­ter the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony on July 25

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