Who is Shri Pranab Mukherjee?

Son of Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi Mukherjee, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, born on 11th December, 1935 in a small village, Mirati of Birbhum District in West Bengal. Kamada K Mukherjee was a respected freedom fighter spent more than 10 years in British jails. Pranab’s father was an active member of Indian National Congress and was also a member of West Bengal Legislative Council from 1952 to 1964. So, it was quite obvious that K K Mukherjee’s son Shri Pranab Mukherjee would join active politics following his father’s foot-steps, after brief career in academic world (after obtaining masters degree in Political Science and History and degree of Law from Calcutta University, he joined as a professor in a college of Birbhum District of West Bengal).

Shri Pranab Mukherjee’s parliamentary career begun as a Rajya Sabha member from Congress Party in 1969. Thereafter, he re-elected in 1975, 1981, 1993, and 1999. His ministerial career begun in 1973 as the Deputy Minister, Industrial Development. After that he hardly looked back. When he was the Finance Minister of India during 1982 to 1984, Euromoney Magazine rated him as the best Finance Minister of the world. Thereafter, barring a brief period, Shri Mukherjee, served the country as a cabinet Minister, more or less in every National Congress Ministry, At present, he is the External Affairs Mnister of Dr.Manmohan Singh’s cabinet and as a senior member of the Ministry, he is consulted by the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh before taking any major decision regarding welfare of the country and his valuable comments and suggestions made him practically indispensable.

Personal Profile
He was born in Mirati village near Kirnahar town, District Birbhum, West Bengal, on December 11, 1935, the son of Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi Mukherjee. His father was active in the Congress party from 1920, was a member of AICC, and West Bengal Legislative Council (1952-64), and President, District Congress Committee, Birbhum (WB)[2]. His father was also a respected freedom fighter who had been sent to prison for more than 10 years for his opposition to the British rule He attended the Suri Vidyasagar College, Suri (Birbhum), then affiliated with the University of Calcutta. He passed double M.A one in History, another is political science .After that he passed LL.B . He attended the Suri Vidyasagar College, Suri (Birbhum), and then affiliated with the University of Calcutta. He married Suvra Mukherjee on July 13, 1957 and has two sons and a daughter.
Food habit:
Generally vegetarian but also take non–veg food occasionally.

Reading books , listening music , diary maintaining , gardening
Generally vegetarian but also take non–veg food occasionally.

Reading books , listening music , diary maintaining , gardening

Political Life

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(i) Member, Congress Working Committee (the highest policy making body of IndianNational Congress) from 27th January, 1978 to 18th January, 1986 and again from 10th August, 1997 till date.

(ii) President, West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee 1985 and from August, 2000 till date.

(iii) Member, Central Parliamentary Board, AICC 1978-1986.
(iv) Treasurer, All India Congress Committee, 1978-1979.
(v) Treasurer, Congress(I) Party in Parliament 1978-1979.
(vi) Chairman, Economic Advisory Cell, AICC.1987-1989.
(vii) Chairman, Campaign Committee of AICCfor conducting National Elections to Parliament in 1984, 1991, 1996 and 1998.
(viii) General Secretary, AICC 1998-1999.
(ix) Chairman, Central Election Coordination Committee, AICC from 28th June, 1999onwards.
(x) Member, Central Election Committee, AICC from 12th December, 2001onwards

As a Bengal PCC president

Now He is also president of West Bengal state unit of Congress (Pradesh Congress) .


International /for the nation


(I) Board of Governors –
(a) International Monetary Fund 1982-1985.
(b) World Bank, 1982-1985
(c) Asian Development Bank, 1982-1985
(d) African Development Bank, 1982-1985.
(ii) Chairman, Group 24 (a Ministerial group attached to IMF and World Bank)
(iii) Presided over SAARC Council of Ministers Conference, May 1995 and
November 1995.

Foreign Delegations

Leader of Indian Delegations to:
(i) Colombo Plan Finance Ministers Conference, Singapore 1975 and
Colombo 1976.
(ii) Commonwealth Finance Ministers Conference, 1982, 1983 and
(iii) Annual General Meeting of World Bank and IMF in 1982, 1983 and
(iv) Annual General Meeting of Asian Development Bank, 1982, 1983
and 1984.
(v) Ministerial Conference of WTO, Marrakesh in 1994.
(vi) UN General Assembly in 1994 and 1995.
(vii) Social Summit at Copenhagen in 1995.
(viii) 40th Anniversary of Asian Conference, Bandug 1995.
(ix) Conference of Commonwealth Heads of Governments(CHOGAM), Auckland 1996.
(x) Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference at Carte-Ghana, 1995


After the twists and turns of the past few days, Pranab Mukherjee finally seems to be the President in waiting. Here is a brief profile of his life and career. 
  • Pranab-da, as he is universally known, was born to Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee, a freedom fighter, and Rajlakshmi on December 11, 1935, in Mirati village near Kirnahar town of West Bengal's Birbhum district.
  • After studying politics, history and law in Calcutta University, he worked as a teacher, a journalist and a lawyer before joining politics in 1969. He first began in Rajya Sabha, and has since held many important portfolios including only the topmost ones like foreign, home and defence in the last 30 years. 
  • Mr Mukherjee was first elected an MP 43 years ago. He became a minister 39 years ago. His first stint as the Finance Minister of India was exactly 30 years ago. Virtually since the start of his career, he has been a minister under every Congress Prime Minister in the last 40 years. He is acknowledged across political parties as one of the best Parliamentarians -- several generations of MPs have not seen Parliament without him in it.
  • Being a Congressman is in the 76-year-old's blood. His father was a Congressman and he himself has been that party's troubleshooter for years, privy to every nitty gritty, planning every move. And yet, he has seen his days of rebellion -- a brief spell about 28 years ago, when he was out in the cold and even formed his own party.  
  • After former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination in 1984, Mr Mukherjee quit the Congress following a power struggle in the party. Mrs Gandhi's son Rajiv, hoisted to the top of the party and government, did not accommodate Mr Mukherjee in his Cabinet. Pranab-da left in a huff and floated his own party -- the Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress. He was brought back by former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao who made him the deputy chairman of Planning Commission.
  • For many years now, Pranab has been the Congress' Mr Dependable, the solutions man. As the party's crisis man he parachutes in when matters escalate. Many consider him as the sharpest mind in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cabinet with a deep understanding of Indian politics, economic policies as well as strategic issues.
  • If he is core to the Congress' process of decision-making, Mr Mukherjee is also invaluable to the party as a man who gets along well and is effective while negotiating with, both UPA coalition partners and Opposition leaders on crucial Parliamentary affairs. After a full day's government work at his North Block office, his political meetings famously begin at his home after 10 in the night, often stretching to 1 am. 
  • Apart from his long stint in Parliament, he has been on the board of governors at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, and was rated one of the best finance ministers in the world by Euromoney magazine in 1984. He is famous for not withdrawing the last installment of a 1.1 billion dollar IMF loan. 
  • Apart from the average 18 hours of work that Mr Mukherjee is known to put in, he likes to read, garden and listens to music - especially Rabindra Sangeet. His favourite food is fish curry with rice. He is married to Suvra and has two sons - Abhijit and Indrajit -- and a daughter - Sharmistha, who is a Kathak dancer. Abhijit Mukherjee is a Congress MLA in West Bengal.

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