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Congress lost focus, wrote Pranab in memoir

In a wide ranging autobiography, the late Mukherjee — who passed away in 2020 — has documented his years as President, weaving in the personal and the political.
In his assessment of the two Prime Ministers Mukherjee worked with, the late president noted that Manmohan Singh had “determination…a strong sense of propriety…steely will power” and documented his long relationship with the former PM.
In his assessment of the two Prime Ministers Mukherjee worked with, the late president noted that Manmohan Singh had “determination…a strong sense of propriety…steely will power” and documented his long relationship with the former PM.
Updated on Jan 07, 2021 03:20 AM IST
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Chronicling the role of institutions | HT Editorial

Pranab Mukherjee’s final memoir’s greater value — beyond the insights on parties and individuals — lies in its assessment of the institutions
Mr Mukherjee, a long-term parliamentarian, noted the trend of parliamentary disruptions and wrote how “appalled” he was with the “callousness” with which disruptions were used(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Mr Mukherjee, a long-term parliamentarian, noted the trend of parliamentary disruptions and wrote how “appalled” he was with the “callousness” with which disruptions were used(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 06, 2021 08:21 PM IST
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Former president Pranab Mukherjee lamented Congress’ loss of leadership in final book

Mukherjee made these comments in his memoir “The Presidential Years, 2012-2017” which he wrote before his death last year. The book released on Tuesday.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee said Congress’ losses in recent years would concern any thinking individual.(PTI)
Former President Pranab Mukherjee said Congress’ losses in recent years would concern any thinking individual.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2021 09:45 PM IST
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Influential figures who passed away in 2020

From Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Pranab Mukherjee the list of people this year took away is long.
The world will remember the year 2020 for the death of many influential figures.(HT Photo)
The world will remember the year 2020 for the death of many influential figures.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 29, 2020 10:01 AM IST
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The importance of political memoirs | HT Editorial

What India needs is more — not less — of candid autobiographies by those who helmed the nation; it also needs readers to be more open in treating this as a historical record rather than scoring political points over it.
This debate goes beyond the feud within the Mukherjee family — and raises a larger question about the place of political memoirs in India(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
This debate goes beyond the feud within the Mukherjee family — and raises a larger question about the place of political memoirs in India(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 16, 2020 08:06 PM IST
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Pranab Mukherjee’s son does not want his book published. Daughter disagrees

Referring to the excerpts of the book that were released on Friday, Abhijit Mukherjee said they were “motivated” and the former President would not have approved of them. Daughter Sharmishta however ashed her brother not to create any unnecessary hurdles.
The book, due for publication early next year, is part four of Mukherjee’s memoirs, the first of which was published in 2014, when he was still at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. (HT Photo)
The book, due for publication early next year, is part four of Mukherjee’s memoirs, the first of which was published in 2014, when he was still at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 08:58 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury

‘Stop the memoir’: Pranab Mukherjee’s son to publishers of father’s book

In a series of tweets, Mukherjee said that the excerpts that were released were “motivated” and that the former President would not have approved.
File photo of Pranab Mukherjee with Rupa’s Kapish Mehra.
File photo of Pranab Mukherjee with Rupa’s Kapish Mehra.
Updated on Dec 15, 2020 04:24 PM IST
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In memoir, Pranab blames Manmohan, Sonia for Cong’s defeat, says Modi govt’s first term autocratic

The Presidential Years is the fourth volume of Mukherjee’s memoirs and will be released in January 2021.
UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at his residence in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal / HT Archive)
UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at his residence in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal / HT Archive)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 12:28 AM IST
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President Kovind pays floral tributes to Pranab Mukherjee on his birth anniversary

Pranab Mukherjee was born in the village of Mirati in Birbhum District of West Bengal to freedom fighters Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi on December 11, 1935.
Ram Nath Kovind on Friday paid floral tributes to former President Pranab Mukherjee on his birth anniversary.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Ram Nath Kovind on Friday paid floral tributes to former President Pranab Mukherjee on his birth anniversary.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 11, 2020 01:53 PM IST
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Haryana assembly: House pays homage to departed leaders, soldiers

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Updated on Nov 06, 2020 12:33 AM IST
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West Bengal’s Miriti village misses former president Pranab Mukherjee on Durga Puja

No matter where he was, he used to make it a point to come to the village during Durga Puja and hold the puja in his ancestral house, said a resident of Miriti
Friday was Saptami of Durga Puja.(Representational Photo/HT)
Friday was Saptami of Durga Puja.(Representational Photo/HT)
Published on Oct 24, 2020 09:37 AM IST
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Days before his death, Pranab Mukherjee penned an article recalling fond memories of Sheikh Mujib

In his last ever article Pranab Mukherjee recalled the camaraderie he shared with Mujibur Rahman, citing his unbound love for his people and his struggle for them as a testament to his legacy.
The former President quoted from Sheikh Mujib’s book ‘Unfinished Memoirs’, published by his daughter 29 years after his death, to note how the Bangladeshi leader was not even aware of the independence of his country and was in exile in the Mianwali Jail near Rawalpindi at that time.
The former President quoted from Sheikh Mujib’s book ‘Unfinished Memoirs’, published by his daughter 29 years after his death, to note how the Bangladeshi leader was not even aware of the independence of his country and was in exile in the Mianwali Jail near Rawalpindi at that time.
Published on Oct 18, 2020 11:02 PM IST
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Lok Sabha adjourned for an hour after obituary references

As soon as the House assembled for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla paid glowing tributes to the departed leaders and security personnel who have laid down their lives while protecting the nation since March.
The speaker then adjourned the House for an hour, after about 20 minutes of business.(PTI)
The speaker then adjourned the House for an hour, after about 20 minutes of business.(PTI)
Published on Sep 14, 2020 11:10 AM IST
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For a meaningful monsoon session

The spirit in which the government engages in parliamentary debate will be key
While legislative business will be a priority, other items on the agenda will be to discuss the government’s handling of Covid-19, the border dispute with China, the plight of migrant labour and the economic situation(HT Photos)
While legislative business will be a priority, other items on the agenda will be to discuss the government’s handling of Covid-19, the border dispute with China, the plight of migrant labour and the economic situation(HT Photos)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 12:57 PM IST
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Monsoon session of Himachal Pradesh assembly begins under Covid shadow

The opposition will try to pin down the government over issues such as corruption, ‘involvement’ of a BJP minister in dubious land deals, and increase in power tariff .
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur addressing the assembly on the first day of the monsoon session in Shimla on Monday.(HT photo)
Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur addressing the assembly on the first day of the monsoon session in Shimla on Monday.(HT photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2020 05:55 PM IST
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Anand Mahindra shares old picture with former president Pranab Mukherjee

“A historical pic…” read one comment under Anand Mahindra’s Twitter post.
The image shows Anand Mahindra and Pranab Mukherjee engaged in a celebratory exchange.(Twitter/@anandmahindra)
The image shows Anand Mahindra and Pranab Mukherjee engaged in a celebratory exchange.(Twitter/@anandmahindra)
Published on Sep 06, 2020 02:08 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanya Budhiraja

Foreign secretary Shringla recalls Pranab Mukherjee’s contributions to foreign policy

Pranab Mukherjee, who died on August 31 at the age of 84, had two stints as external affairs minister during 1995-96 and 2006-09.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee died at the army hospital on Monday(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Former President Pranab Mukherjee died at the army hospital on Monday(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 02, 2020 09:54 PM IST
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Chant by Pranab Mukherjee to play at this Durga Puja pandal in Kolkata

Pranab Mukherjee had almost memorised the entire Chandi Path as he used to chant it while performing the Puja at his ancestral home.
Organisers of the Arvind Setu Sarbajanin Durgotsav Samity said that this time they decided to pay tribute to Mukherjee and legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. (HT Photo)
Organisers of the Arvind Setu Sarbajanin Durgotsav Samity said that this time they decided to pay tribute to Mukherjee and legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 02, 2020 10:45 AM IST
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Durga Puja committee in Kolkata to play late Pranab Mukherjee’s rendition of Chandi Path

“Our Aurobindo Setu Committee had decided to dedicate this year’s Puja celebrations to Satyajit Ray, and his film Pather Panchali. But as the news of the former President’s death reached us we changed the plan a little,” Aurobindo Setu puja committee said.
Pranab Mukherjee with the budget folder on February 28, 1983.(KK Chawla / HT Archive)
Pranab Mukherjee with the budget folder on February 28, 1983.(KK Chawla / HT Archive)
Published on Sep 02, 2020 08:14 AM IST
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TMC leaders remember Pranab Mukherjee fondly; they helped him win 1st LS polls

Pranab Mukherjee was respected by most in his constituency of Jangipur.
Pranab Mukherjee won the Lok Sabha elections from Jangipur constituency in 2004 and 2009(HT ARCHIVE*)
Pranab Mukherjee won the Lok Sabha elections from Jangipur constituency in 2004 and 2009(HT ARCHIVE*)
Updated on Sep 02, 2020 01:00 PM IST
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Bangladesh High Commission to hold special condolence meet to honour Pranab Mukherjee

In a letter written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina called the Congress veteran ‘a highly esteemed leader of South Asia’ who ‘commanded the respect and admiration of all.’
Pranab Mukherjee, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died on Monday, weeks after his brain surgery.(PTI File Photo)
Pranab Mukherjee, who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died on Monday, weeks after his brain surgery.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Sep 02, 2020 05:47 AM IST
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News updates from Hindustan Times: After Unlock 4 guidelines, Centre may issue guidelines for Metro services tomorrow and all the latest news

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at this hour. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Delhi Metro trains are seen at a parking bay in Timarpur depot, New Delhi.(HT file photo)
Delhi Metro trains are seen at a parking bay in Timarpur depot, New Delhi.(HT file photo)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 08:57 PM IST
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‘One of Bharat’s brightest Ratnas,’ says Amul in tribute to Pranab Mukherjee

“Tribute to a great politician, President and a statesman,” wrote Amul in their posts on social media.
Amul posted the image on its Instagram and Twitter accounts on September 1.(Twitter/@Amul_Coop)
Amul posted the image on its Instagram and Twitter accounts on September 1.(Twitter/@Amul_Coop)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 07:04 PM IST
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Pranab Mukhrjee journeyed from a hamlet in Bengal to the Raisina Hill

India’s former President Pranab Mukherjee, 84, was admitted to the hospital earlier last month and had undergone surgery for the removal of a clot in his brain.
Former president Pranab Mukherjee.(HT)
Former president Pranab Mukherjee.(HT)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 06:35 PM IST
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Pranab Mukherjee passes away: ‘His presence was a support to family’, says son Abhijit

The veteran Congress leader, who died at the age of 84 on Monday, was cremated with full state honours on Tuesday. Abhijit Mukherjee performed his last rites and the family and relatives paid their last respects clad in PPE kits.
Abhijit Mukherjee, son of late Pranab Mukherjee, performs rituals during the cremation of the former president, at Lodhi Road cremation ground in New Delhi, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.(PTI)
Abhijit Mukherjee, son of late Pranab Mukherjee, performs rituals during the cremation of the former president, at Lodhi Road cremation ground in New Delhi, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.(PTI)
Published on Sep 01, 2020 05:15 PM IST
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Nation bids tearful adieu to Pranab Mukherjee

The former President was taken for the last rites in a hearse van instead of the gun carriage with the pall- bearers wearing personal protect equipment (PPE) kits as per the Covid-19 protocol
President Ram Nath Kovind pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee at the latter’s New Delhi residence on September 1, 2020.(PTI)
President Ram Nath Kovind pays his last respects to former President Pranab Mukherjee at the latter’s New Delhi residence on September 1, 2020.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 04:27 PM IST
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Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s death ‘heavy loss’ to ties, says China

In his 50 years in politics, he made positive contributions to China-India relations, said the neighbouring country
Mukherjee had visited China in 2016 and in a series of meetings, had sought greater market access for Indian businesses.(Raj K Raj/HT Archive)
Mukherjee had visited China in 2016 and in a series of meetings, had sought greater market access for Indian businesses.(Raj K Raj/HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 03:46 PM IST
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Stickler for protocol: When Pranab Mukherjee snubbed Obama and Erdogan

He was conscious of the fact that he was the President of India and the etiquette that had to be shown to his position could not be compromised
Former President Pranab Mukherjee.(REUTERS)
Former President Pranab Mukherjee.(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 03:11 PM IST
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‘Pranab Mukherjee will be remembered by generations for his efforts towards India’s progress’: PM Modi pays tributes

The former President, who passed away on Monday evening after fighting a 21-day battle with multiple ailments at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi cantonment , was cremated with full state honours at the Lodhi road electric crematorium on Tuesday afternoon.
PM Modi shared pictures paying tributes to Mukherjee on Twitter and said that the former President will be remembered by generations for his efforts towards India’s progress.(Photo: Twitter)
PM Modi shared pictures paying tributes to Mukherjee on Twitter and said that the former President will be remembered by generations for his efforts towards India’s progress.(Photo: Twitter)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 04:24 PM IST
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Former president Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full state honours

Pranab Mukherjee died on Monday at the Army Hospital Research And Referral in Delhi.
Mortal remains of the former president Pranab Mukherjee were taken to the Lodhi crematorium.(ANI Photo)
Mortal remains of the former president Pranab Mukherjee were taken to the Lodhi crematorium.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Sep 01, 2020 03:07 PM IST
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