India’s former president Pranab Mukherjee passed away on Monday. Mukherjee, 84, was tested positive for COVID-19, 21 days ago. His son, Abhijit Mukherjee, confirmed his death on Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report, this morning.
India also announced 7-day of state mourning in his memory.
"India grieves the passing away of Bharat Ratna Shri Pranab Mukherjee," said India's Prime minister Narendra Modi." He has left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation."
Mukherjee had an incredible 51-year of political career where he served as a member of Parliament seven times. He also became the minister of Finance, Defense, External Affairs, and ultimately becoming the head of the state in 2012.
His deep understanding of global economics and foreign affairs led to membership in several notable international organizations. He served on the Board of Governors of the IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and African Development Bank.
In addition to that, he also served as the chairman of the Group of 24 nations in IMF and World Bank in 1984 and 2011-2012.
In 2010, Emerging Markets, the daily newspaper of record for the World Bank and the IMF named him "Finance Minister of the Year for Asia."
"His demise is the passing of an era," said India's President Ran Nath Kovid. "A colossus in public life, he served Mother India with the spirit of a sage. The nation mourns losing one of its worthiest sons."
He is survived by his daughter and two sons.
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