Farewell address presented to Shri Pranab Mukherjee President of India by Members of Parliament
Aadarniy Rashtrapati Shri Pranab Mukherjee,
We, the Parliamentarians, have assembled here today to bid you a fond farewell on the eve of your demitting the august Office of the President of the Republic of India, which you have adorned the last five years with great distinction and dignity. This is indeed a solemn occasion for each one of us to express our profound respect and regards to you.
Hon'ble President, your life’s journey from the humble village of Mirati in West Bengal to Rashtrapati Bhawan is indeed an eventful one entwined with contemporary history of our nation and an inspiration to all. Beginning professional career as a college teacher then journalist and subsequently dedicating the longest period of your life to national politics culminating in being elected as the President, you have always strived for excellence and selfless service. Your achievements as a political leader, parliamentarian, administrator, author and visionary thinker are a grand testimony of your multifaceted personality.
Mahoday, ever since you first entered the Parliament in 1969, you have enriched and strengthened our parliamentary democracy with varied expertise, vast contributions and great wisdom. You have always held the institution of Parliament and its traditions in the highest regard and upheld the dignity and decorum of both the Houses. Sagacious and yet courteous to friends and political opponents alike, you have earned the respect of all with your disarming persuasive skills, intellectual farsightedness and unwavering commitment to the basic tenets of parliamentary democracy and political pluralism. You are respected for your impeccable knowledge of constitutional and parliamentary rules and procedures and exemplary memory of events and precedents. You have been a guru from whom generations of parliamentarians have received lessons on the operational dynamics of our parliamentary polity. Very aptly, the parliamentary fraternity conferred the 'Outstanding Parliamentarian Award' on you for the year 1997.
Your admirable administrative acumen and efficiency have played pivotal role in shaping appropriate responses to various momentous events and challenges before the nation at large. As Union Cabinet Minister holding key portfolios and also occupying crucial decision-making positions your rich contributions in laying down policies leading to the progress of this nation will be remembered and cherished for times to come. Your astute diplomatic skills have served the nation well whether as a minister handling the responsibility of external affairs or serving on the Board of Governors of international and multilateral financial institutions.
A grateful nation has conferred the second highest civilian award on you, the Padma Vibhushan, in 2008. You have deservingly received acclaims from the people at home and abroad and earned numerous honours from universities far and wide in recognition of your contributions.
With your thoughtfulness and wisdom, you brought dignity and respect to the august office of the President which gained new prominence as political leaders of all hue and affiliations sought your guidance on crucial matters affecting the nation.
Rashtrapati ji, you have brought presidential focus on the centrality of education for human development and the imperative of research and development to create a knowledge society and also for raising the quality of higher education and promoting excellence in our country. Your extraordinary contribution also extends to democratizing the Rashtrapati Bhawan through multiple programmes, innovative initiatives and opening its gates to welcome common man from across the country.
Besides discharging your constitutional responsibilities with dignity and grace, you have effectively articulated the concerns before the nation. You have stressed the centrality of Parliament in our democratic polity and expressed your concerns about the increasing incidents of disruptions in the legislatures. Your presidency has brought to the fore the most significant responsibility of the highest constitutional office of preserving, protecting and defending the Constitution and the law as affirmed in your oath of office.
Sir, our country remains firmly on track as the fastest growing large economy in the world. We assure you that it will be our solemn duty to fulfill the unfinished missions and your vision of a developed India. We are sure that you will continue to guide the footsteps of this nation as an elder statesman, and inspire us as you have done all through your illustrious life.
In the end I would like to conclude with the words of Hon'ble President which are very significant and relevant. I quote:
“We are all equal children before our mother; and India asks each one of us, in whatsoever role we play in the complex drama of nation-building, to do our duty with integrity, commitment and unflinching loyalty to the values enshrined in our Constitution.” (Unquote)
Rashtrapati ji, We wish you a long and healthy life.
23 July, 2017
1 Sravana 1939 (Saka)We remain,
Members of Parliament of India