BY SHASWAT KUMAR
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”- only a few in decades get a chance to become an inspiration for a nation of billions. And demise of such a leader is an exceptional loss to the country.
It is hard to engulf that a political leader who maintained a perfect image for 5 decades in the political arena, Shri Pranab Mukherjee is no more. He literally donned all hats in his career. Some even mention him as a lotus in dirt as he is counted amongst the most respected leaders of Congress.
A man coming from a small village Mirity Bengal nearly acquired all biggies of Post- Independent India and was close to becoming the Prime Minister of India in 2004. He was a Padma Bhushan holder who graduated from Suri Vidyasagar College and later started his political career by joining Indian National Congress in Bengal. The journey from being a lecturer at Vidyasagar college to becoming the President of India was not as easy as it seems while reading. He was known to be a favourite of the Gandhis and was a part of the major transitions that took place in 1980s as a cabinet minister in Indian government.
Indian national Congress played a decisive role in his life as he acquired 5 big posts as being a member of the party. The important time of his career was when he became the finance minister of India for the first time in 1982 under the leadership of Indira Gandhi. In subsequent two years,he was both accused and praised. His contribution in such a hard time (National Emergency) got him more ministries when Manmohan Singh became the prime minister.
Pranab Mukherjee , a member of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha ,was also a good reader and effective taskmaster which we know through his biography and other books. And from there only we know that he was the choice initially for the post of Prime Minister but later on Congress surprised everyone by making Manmohan Singh as the face of Indian government.
On reaching to his greatest heights he became the President of India and acquired the highest honoured post of the first citizen in 2012. He made sure that he leaves his mark as being part of Rashtrapati Bhawan. He even made easier for people to visit this auspicious Mahal made by British India.
He was admired by everyone from a broad spectrum across all sectors and therefore everyone from Donald Trump to PM Modi gave their condolences to his family and the country. And you would be glad to know that he was a favourite president amongst opposition and the joint role of Modi and Pranab Mukherjee is well cherished in the country . He was a man known for his generosity and was awarded with the highest honour of Bharat Ratna in 2019 by current president Ram Nath Kovind.
Pranab da was a parallel protagonist who was groomed by Indira Gandhi and after then nothing stopped him from gaining supremacy. He was considered as a rare strategic device for Congress and his experience of more than 50 years helped Congress in maintaining their regime at the centre. This super human who we recognise as the 13th president of India became Rajya Sabha member in 1969 for the first time and then continued for 20 more years.
He was known for his remarkable knowledge of foreign relations and when he became the foreign affairs minister, he outcasted every other with his unbeatable experience of diplomacy. His contribution to Indian poltics remains unmatched. Every political leader who gained knowledge from him touched new heights.
India would always be thankful to Pranab da for his significant contributions to the mother land and similarly Congress would appreciate his unparalleled significance in the national party. Very few in decades get a chance to live with such royal posts and enthusiasm with which our former president lived.