Dalai Lama expresses condolences over Pranab Mukherjee’s death

President Pranab Mukherjee with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during the inaugural session of Laureates and Leaders Summit for Children, at President House in New Delhi on 10 December 2016.

President Pranab Mukherjee with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama during the inaugural session of Laureates and Leaders Summit for Children, at President House in New Delhi on 10 December 2016. File photo/PTI

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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama expressed his condolences over the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee, praising him for living a meaningful life.

In a letter to Mukherjee’s son Abhijit, the Dalai Lama wrote, “I am sorry to learn about your father’s passing away. I will remember him in my prayers and would like to offer my condolences to you and your family at this sad time.”

The Dalai Lama recalled meeting the former President on several occasions over the years, most recently in 2016 when they met in Delhi during a summit for protection, education, safety, and health of children, hosted by Mukherjee.

He praised Mukherjee’s dedication of decades to public service, during which time he held several important ministerial portfolios in Indian government, ultimately serving as 13th President of India from 2012 until 2017.

“We can rejoice that for 84 years he led a meaningful life.”

Pranab Mukherjee was brought to Delhi’s Army Hospital Research and Referral after a fall on 10 August. The 84-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 after surgery for a blood clot in his brain, and his condition was critical.

He remained in a coma after the operation. The hospital said his health began declining on Monday, and he finally succumbed to septic shock caused by a lung infection.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Mukherjee’s contribution to the country, saying the former president had “left an indelible mark on the development trajectory of our nation”.

“A scholar par excellence, a towering statesman, he was admired across the political spectrum and by all sections of society,” Modi wrote on Twitter.


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