Pranab Mukherjee is the 13th President of India. He won the Presidential Elections to his rival P Sangma by a huge Margin. Pranab Mukherjee was born in a Brahmin family at Mirati in Birbhum district of West Bengal to Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee and Rajlakshmi Mukherjee on December 11, 1935.
His Father, Kamada Kumar Mukherjee was a Freedom Fighter and an active member of Indian National Congress, who had spent more than 10 years in British jails.
Pranab Mukherjee graduated from Suri Vidyasagar College under University of Calcutta withs a Master of Arts degree in History and Political Science and also a degree in law.
Mukherjee was upper-division clerk in the office of the Deputy Accountant-General (Post and Telegraph) in Calcutta and later became a college-teacher and later a journalist in Bengali publication Desher Dak (Call of Motherland).
Mukherjee was chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata. He is also the former chairman and president of the Rabindra Bharati University and the Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan. Mukherjee is a former trustee of the Bangiya Sahitya Parishad and the Bidhan Memorial Trust. Mukherjee used to be on the Planning Board of the Asiatic Society
His Political 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.
Pranab Mukherjee was married to Suvra Mukherjee on July 13, 1957 and has two sons, Abhijit and Indrajit and a daughter. Abhijit Mukherjee, is a Congress Legislator from West Bengal.
Pranab Mukherjee is very Religious. He makes it every year to his ancestral Village to Celebrate Durga Puja.The puja having a ‘social dimension’ for him. “I want to avail of this opportunity to be with the people of my area,” he said once.
As an Author he has written 5 Books, Midterm Poll –1969, Beyond Survival: Emerging Dimensions of Indian Economy – 1984, Off the Track –1987,Saga of Struggle and Sacrifice –1992 and Challenges Before the Nation (on Indian National Congress)- 1992.