Along with common people, many intellectuals of Bengal are seeing Pranab Mukherjee’s victory as their own victory and victory to the Bengali community as a whole since none of the leaders from Bengal has ever served the country’s top posts be it President or the Prime Minister before this.
Popular Bengali poet Shankha Ghosh said, “I am very happy that finally a Bengali has made it to the president’s office. He was in the national scene for a long time but this is a completely different honour.” Celebrated Bengali film star Soumitra Chatterjee said, “I am happy that we will finally have a Bengali President. To see Bengali whom I have known for years, in the country’s highest chair makes me proud.” However Sunil Gangopadhay, eminent Bengali writer believed it would have been better to see Pranab as the Prime Minister. “I am sure like me, everybody else is also thrilled. But I would have wanted to see Pranab Mukherjee as the Prime Minister so that he could have done a lot more,” Gangopadhay said.
On July 25, Pranab Mukherjee will take oath for the position of the head of the state of the Republic of India. Though Pranab Mukherjee has not yet revealed when he will come to Bengal as president of India, but everyone in his village is eagerly waiting to see him attending the annual Durga Puja at his village home where he has been performing all the puja rituals for years.