President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a book “President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman” from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who formally released it, at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.
The President expressed his gratitude to The Statesman for bringing out a photo essay on the 13th Presidency. He confessed that he was initially unwilling when the idea of the photo essay was first suggested by The Statesman. He wondered about the benefit the photo essay would have since the engagements of the President are all in public domain. However, he was convinced by Ravindra Kumar and R. P. Gupta from The Statesman who stressed that it was necessary to archive important events for posterity. This was so because of the day -to- day news coverage of the Presidency has currency only till the next headline comes along.
He recalled his long association with The Statesman and most of the time they had agreed to disagree. He added that as a Bengali he literally grew up with The Statesman. n and most of the time they had agreed to disagree.
The President said that art and creative abilities transcend the boundaries of time and geographical borders. Their appeal is universal. He appreciated the wonderful photos taken by Varun Joshi from The Statesman that feature in the photo essay. He also expressed his gratitude and deep appreciation to Mr.Modi.
Mr.Narendra Modi said that the photo essay was important from the historical perspective. The photographs in the book immortalise history and also show the humane side of the President of India who is an inspiration for all of us.
The book “President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman” has been published by The Statesman, one of India’s oldest English-language newspapers. This book, a comprehensive photographic record of India’s 13th President, covers Mr.Mukherjee’s Presidency and documents his various roles including those as a humane first citizen, as a thought-leader, as a patron of educational institutions and the arts and as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.
He said that in his view, we can be more history-conscious as a society, and preserve aspects of our history much better. The Presidency is much more than protocol, he added saying that through the photographs in the book, we see the human side of our President and we feel proud.
Stating that it was his privilege to work with Mr.Mukherjee, he recounted that when he came to Delhi, he had someone like “Pranab Da” to guide him. He said President Pranab Mukherjee had guided him like a father figure, He said the President would even tell him to take adequate rest, and take care of his health.
The President had guided him like a father figure and would even tell him to take adequate rest and take care of his health.