Former President, Congress veteran Pranab Mukherjee dies at 84

Former president Pranab Mukherjee, 84-year-old, a recipient of the country’s highest civilian award and a towering statesman admired across party lines in India, passed away at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi on August 31 where he was admitted earlier this month and had undergone surgery for the removal of a clot in his brain. He was admitted to the Army Hospital in Delhi on August 10 and had also tested positive for COVID-19. He leaves behind a rich legacy built during a five-decade-long public life that has cemented his place as a veteran of Indian politics and a troubleshooter par excellence for the Congress in its prime.

He was cremated with full state honors at the Lodhi road electric crematorium on Tuesday afternoon. His son performed his last rites. Mukherjee’s family and relatives paid their last respects clad in PPE kits while conforming to COVID-19 safeguards. An Army contingent gave a guard of honor and a gun salute to the former president. The government has announced seven-day state mourning from August 31 to September 6.

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