Mukherjee believed deeply in significance of India, US tackling international challenges collectively: Biden

Washington, September 1 

Pranab Mukherjee believed deeply within the significance of India and the US tackling international challenges collectively, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has stated, condoling the demise of the previous president. 

Prominent US leaders and organisations additionally condoled Mukherjee’s demise, saying he’ll go down in historical past amongst India’s most distinguished statesmen and students. 

The 84-year-old veteran politician died after he suffered a septic shock on Sunday. He died of a cardiac arrest on Monday night following a 21-day battle with a number of illnesses.

“President Shri Pranab Mukherjee was a devout public servant who believed deeply in the importance of our two nations tackling global challenges together. Jill and I are saddened to hear of his passing – our prayers go out to his loved ones and the Indian people,” Biden stated on Monday.

As a Senator, particularly as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and its chairman and later because the vice chairman of the United States, Biden had a robust friendship with Mukherjee, who was probably the most well-known Indian leaders within the US.

According to Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun, a robust US-India partnership might be certainly one of Mukherjee’s many lasting legacies.

“He’ll go down in history among India’s most distinguished statesmen and scholars, and his many visits to Washington, everything he did for the relationship, played an instrumental role in expanding this US-India relationship, both in defence and external affairs when he was the minister,” the highest American diplomat stated throughout the digital India US Leadership Summit organised by the US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF) on Monday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends,” the USISPF stated.

Condoling Mukherjee’s demise, the South and Central Asia Bureau of the State Department in a tweet stated, “We stand with the folks of India as they grieve the lack of an awesome chief who might be eternally remembered within the annals of Indian historical past.”

The US India Business Council stated with Mukherjee’s demise, India misplaced an unimaginable statesman. He was a longtime supporter of the US-India partnership, it tweeted.

The New York Times described the previous president as an “Indispensable Man of Indian Politics”. 

“His 50-year career set an everlasting example for the world’s largest democracy,” Congressman Pete Olson stated.

In an announcement, Indian Overseas Congress, USA, expresses its deep sorrow and honest condolences on the demise of Mukherjee. 

“He was a quintessential congressman, formidable chief and an awesome parliamentarian,” stated George Abraham, vice-chairman of the IOC, USA.

“NRIs across the globe will fondly remember his contribution to the country in various capacities as a political leader, minister of important portfolios, sharp troubleshooter and a statesman with an independent mindset who adorned the office of the presidency. We also pay tribute to the pivotal role he has played in passing the Indo-US civil nuclear treaty despite the coalition partners’ threats,” he stated.

North America Telugu Society stated Mukherjee leaves behind a wealthy legacy of his work, which is able to encourage generations to come back. 

He championed points that lie on the coronary heart of India’s social, financial and developmental challenges — literacy, healthcare, meals safety, power safety, rural and concrete planning, financial empowerment, governance and administrative reforms, and nationwide and regional safety, it stated. PTI 

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