- Pranab Mukherjee was tested positive for COVID-19 on the 10th of August
- He had brain surgery to remove a clot
- The former president’s health was declining and was in a coma
- He took his last breath today
The former President of India who served from 2012 until 2017 and was known as a stalwart of Indian politics took his last breath today i.e. 31st August 2020 at the age of 84.
The announcement of his death was made by his son Abhijit Mukherjee.
The veteran politician was had tested positive for the novel Coronavirus on the 10th of August when he went to the Army Hospital for treatment following which he urged all the people who got in-touch with him to go in self isolation.
At the hospital, he underwent surgery for a blood clot in the brain.
Pranab Mukherjee’s health worsened on Tuesday and by the evening he was kept on ventilator support.
On Wednesday, his son Abhijit Mukherjee said via a tweet that his father was “haemodynamically stable”. However, he asked everyone to continue prayers.
The 84 year old veteran politician has a career spanned over 5 decades, and the highest point came when he became the President of India. He served as the President of the nation from 2012 and 2017.
However, even before he assumed the highest office in the land, Pranab Mukherjee had been the backbone of the Indian Government on more than one occasion.
He also served as the Minister of Finance between 2009 and 2012, Minister of Defence from 2004 to 2006, Minister of External Affairs from 2006 to 2009.
Pranab Mukherjee is survived by his 3 children. Abhijit Mukherjee, Indrajit Mukherjee and Sharmistha Mukherjee.
Pranab Mukherjee was a Congressman at heart but this never hindered him from his duties even during the years of NDA rule.
Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has repeatedly been seen expressing gratitude for the guidance he got from the then President Pranab Mukherjee during his first term in the Prime Minister’s office. Pranab Mukherjee was also awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2008 and Bharat Ratna in 2019. Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian honour in the country.