Former President Pranab Mukherjee, the elder statesman of Indian politics, described by many as the “best Prime Minister India never had”, has died at 84 leaving behind a luminous political legacy spanning over 50 years.
He had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been on a ventilator since surgery to remove a brain clot earlier this month. The former president was suffering from a lung infection. His medical condition had declined since Sunday. The Army’s Research and Referral Hospital said he has suffered a septic shock due to his lung infection. Mukherjee, “Citizen Mukherjee” on his Twitter handle, had announced his coronavirus positive status in his last tweet.
This time last year, he had been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour. He was one of the most important Congress leaders for almost 5 decades since Indira Gandhi’s time. Mukherjee served the country as its 13th President for five years from 2012 to 2017. Tributes pour on Twitter for the former president of India.