Pranab Kumar Mukharjee Profile


Shri Pranab Mukherjee

Constituency from which I am elected


Father's Name

Late Shri Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee

Mother's Name

Late Smt. Rajlakshmi Mukherjee

Date of Birth

11 Dec 1935

Birth Place

Vill.Mirati, Kirnahar, Distt. Birbhum (West Bengal

Maritial Status


Date of Marriage

13 Jul 1957

Spouse Name

Smt. Suvra Mukherjee

No. of Children

No.of Sons:2   No.of Daughters:1

State Name

West Bengal

Party Name

Indian National Congress

Permanent Address

Flat No. 2-A, First Floor,60/2/7, Kavi Bharti Sarani, Lake Road, Kolkata - 700 029 West BengalTel. (033) 24648366

Present Address

13, Talkatora Road,New Delhi - 110 001Tels. (011) 23737623, 23737657 Fax. (011) 23737658

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Educational Qualifications

M.A. (History), M.A. (Political Science), LL.B., D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) Educated at Vidyasagar College, Suri, Calcutta University, West Bengal


Political and Social Worker Teacher Journalist Writer

Positions Held


July 1969

Elected to Rajya Sabha

Social and Cultural Activities

President, Nikhil Bharat Banga Sahitya Sammelan, 1995-2001 and Rabindra Bharati Society; Former Chairman (i) Nikhil Bharat Sahitya Sammelan;(ii) Council of Indian Statistical Institute 2006 - 20 June 2012; and (iii) Planning Board, Asiatic Society, Kolkata, 1984-1986, 1992-1996 and 2004-2009; Former Trustee (i) Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, 1984-1990; and (ii) Bidhan Memorial Trust, Kolkata

Favourite Pastimes and Recreation

Reading, gardening and music especially Rabindra Sangeet

Countries Visited

Widely travelled

Other Information

International Organizations: (i) Board of Governors (a)International Monetary Fund 1982 -1985; (b) World Bank, 1982 - 1985; (c) Asian Development Bank, 1982 -1985; (d) African Development Bank, 1982 -1985; (e) Former Member, Boards of governance; (ii) Chairman, Group 24 Ministerial Group attached to IMF and World Bank, 1984; (iii) Presided over SAARC Council of Ministers Conference, May 1995; November 1995; 2006 and 2007 Leader of Indian delegations to: (i) Colombo Plan Finance Ministers` Conference, Singapore, 1975 and Colombo, 1976; (ii) Commonwealth Finance Ministers` Conference, 1982, 1983 and 1984; (iii) Annual General Meeting of World Bank and IMF, 1982, 1983 and 1984; (iv) Annual General Meeting of Asian Development Bank, 1982, 1983 and 1984; (v) Ministerial Conference of WTO, Marrakesh, 1994; (vi) UN General Assembly, 1994, 1995, 2005 and 2006; (vii) Social Summit, Copenhagen, 1995; (viii) 40th Anniversary of Asian Conference, Bandung, 1995; (ix) Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers Conference, Carte-Ghana, 1995; (x) Conference of Commonwealth Heads of Governments (CHOGAM), Auckland 1996 Honours and Distinctions conferred:i)Rated as one of the best five Finance Ministers of the world, 1984 according to a survey of Euro Money, a journal published from New York; (ii)Conferred Best Parliamentarian Award, 1997; (iii) Awarded Padma Vibhushan, 2007. (iv) The London based magazine `Emerging Markets` has named Shri Pranab Mukherjee``Finance Minister of the Year for Asia 2010``. His leadership in the Ministry of Finance and other Economic Ministries was well acclaimed, nationally and internationally. He was considered as the key figure in formulating economic policies of the nation for a long period. Under his stewardship India earned the distinction of not withdrawing the last installment of IMF loan to the extent of US$1.1 billion. He was considered top ranking Minister and presided over the Cabinet meetings of the Union in the absence of the Prime Minister during 1980-1985.



Mukherjee was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha in July 1969 and was re-elected in 1975, 1981, 1993 and 1999. He rose through a series of cabinet posts to become the Finance Minister of India in 1982. He served as the Finance Minister of India from January 1982 to December 1984.


Mukherjee was also the president of West Bengal state unit of Congress in 1985. Later, he was also elected as the Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission from June 1991 to May 1996. He served as External Affairs Minister for the first time in the then prime minister P V Narasimha Rao's cabinet from 1995 to 1996. After the 2004 General Elections he is the Leader of House, Lok Sabha.


Mukherjee headed Group 24 - a Ministerial Group attached to IMF and World Bank - in 1984. He has also been a member of the Board of Governors of the IMF (1982-85), World Bank (1982-85), Asian Development Bank (1982-85) and African Development Bank (1982-85). He has been rated as one of the best five Finance Ministers of the World for the year 1984 according to a survey of Euro Money -a journal published from New York. Between May and November 1995, he presided over the SAARC Council of Ministers Conference.



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