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Some outstanding quotes of outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee
Pranab Mukherjee, the 13th President of India will relinquish office on July 24. He will be remembered for his splendid political career of about six decades and holding the highest office of the country with aplomb.

His last few days in the office has been the busiest ever by attending farewell functions as well as meetings with visiting ministers, public figures, friends, MLAs, MPs and many others who have been streaming to bid him goodbye at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

In his personal life, he has been inspired by works and thoughts of Deng Xiaoping and has quoted him quite frequently. Unlike most politicians, his hobbies are reading, gardening and music. He is a well read person as has been reflected in his speeches and quotes on various occasions.

Prior to his election as President of India, he served as the Union Finance Minister of the UPA government from 2009 to 2012. He had earned a reputation of being the Congress party's top troubleshooter. As a politician, he occupied several ministerial portfolios in various Congress governments.

Here are some of his famous quotes:

  • No problems are ever resolved by violence. It only aggravates the pain and the hurt on every side.

  • Propelled by freedom of faith, gender equality and economic justice for all, India will become a modern nation. Minor blemishes cannot cloak the fact that India is becoming such a modern nation: no faith is in danger in our country, and the continuing commitment to gender equality is one of the great narratives of our times.

  • Science, education, research and innovation are the four pillars on which the development as well as the work culture of a nation rests. Scientific temperament cannot happen unless we improve the delivery of education at all levels.

  • The absence of good governance has been identified as the root cause of many of the societal shortcomings.

  • The young people of India will build a strong and powerful nation, a nation that is politically mature and economically strong, a nation whose people enjoy both a high quality of life as well as justice.

  • There can be no governance without a functioning legislature. The legislature reflects the will of the people. It is the platform where progressive legislation using civilised dialogue must create delivery mechanisms for realising the aspirations of the people

  • Trickle-down theories do not address the legitimate aspirations of the poor. We must lift those at the bottom so that poverty is erased from the dictionary of modern India.

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