Former President Pranab Mukherjee honored with Bharat Ratna. The Prime Minister wishes to be the best statesman

Thursday 8 August 2019 8:00 pm IST

New Delhi: Former President Pranab Mukherjee, honored with India's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna by President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday.


Mukherjee's life-long political career spanned about five decades, during which he held various key posts in the Congress as well as in the governments led by Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.


The 83-year-old served as India's 13th President from 2012-2017, but before his election to the post, Mukherjee also served as the Union Finance Minister from 2009 to 2012.


Lauding Mukherjee for years of service to the nation, PM Narendra Modi had taken to Twitter in January and said, "Pranab Da is an outstanding statesman of our times. He has served the nation selflessly and tirelessly for decades, leaving a strong imprint on the nation’s growth trajectory. His wisdom and intellect have few parallels. Delighted that he has been conferred the Bharat Ratna."