Passing of an era: India mourns Pranab Mukherjee’s death

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Former President Pranab Mukherjee lost his battle with life at Delhi’s passed away on Monday evening at Delhi’s Army’s Research and Referral Hospital where he was admitted on August 10. He was 84.

His son Abhijit Mukherjee took to Twitter to break the heartbreaking news of his demise.

Rich tributes have been pouring in from across the country from politicians cutting across party lines to celebrities and sportspersons alike.

President Ram Nath Kovind expressed deep condolences described his demise as “passing of an era”.

“Sad to hear that former President Shri Pranab Mukherjee is no more. His demise is passing of an era. A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons. Condolences to his family, friends and all citizens,” President Kovind tweeted.

President Kovind recounted Pranab Mukhrjee’s 5-decade long illustrious journey in his public life and said he remained rooted to the ground irrespective of the exalted offices he held.

“Endowed with perspicacity and wisdom, Bharat Ratna Shri Mukherjee combined tradition and modernity. In his 5 decade long illustrious public life, he remained rooted to the ground irrespective of the exalted offices he held. He endeared himself to people across political spectrum,” he said.

“As the First Citizen, he continued to connect with everyone, bringing Rashtrapati Bhavan closer to the people. He opened its gates for public visit. His decision to discontinue the use of the honorific ‘His Excellency’ was historic,” he said in a subsequent tweet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi put out a heartfelt tribute and recounted his close association with the former President.

“As India’s President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee made Rashtrapati Bhavan even more accessible to common citizens. He made the President’s house a centre of learning, innovation, culture, science and literature. His wise counsel on key policy matters will never be forgotten by me. During his political career that spanned decades, Shri Pranab Mukherjee made long-lasting contributions in key economic and strategic ministries. He was an outstanding Parliamentarian, always well-prepared, extremely articulate as well as witty,” PM tweeted.

NewsMobile Editor-in-chief Saurabh Shukla also paid tribute to Pranab Mukherjee.

Saurabh Shukla also shared his thoughts on Republic TV after the demise of Pranab Mukherjee.

Describing him as a “father figure”, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “So many memories.A visit to Delhi without Pranabda is unimaginable. He is a legend in all subjects from politics to economics. Will be forever grateful. Shall miss him immensely.”

Home Minister Amit Shah said Pranab Mukherjee’s “indelible contribution” will always be cherished by India.

Congress also offered its condolence and said that Pranab Mukherjee will always be remembered for his integrity and compassion.

Tributes poured in from the sports fraternity as well with Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virender Sehwag offering rich tributes.

 Bollywood celebrities also offered their condolences.

 

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