Tibetan leaders condole demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee

DHARAMSALA, 1 Sept:  The Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as the political head of the Tibetan people, Dr Lobsang Sangay have both offered their condolences over the demise of the Pranab Mukherjee, the former President of India and stalwart of Indian politics.

“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 wrote in a missive addressed to the former president’s son Abhijeet Mukherjee.

The Dalai Lama added that “Mr Mukherjee’s dedication to public service was consistent over many decades,” and concluded by saying that “We can rejoice that for 84 years he led a meaningful life.”

The President of the Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) Dr Lobsang Sangay has called the demise of the former President of India,  “irreparable loss of a colossal leader.”

“On behalf of the Tibetan people and the CTA, I offer our deepest condolences to the Government of India, the Indian people and his family,” President Sangay has said in his condolence message.

He has further described the former President as “one of India’s most remarkable and well-respected leader across all party lines” who has “served India with unflinching dedication in various significant positions in his political career that spanned over five decades.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of India and Sir Pranab Ji’s family in this time of grief,” he concluded.

Pranab Mukherji passed away at the age of 84 on Monday in Delhi’s Army’s Research and Referral (R&R) Hospital, where he had been admitted a few days ago for brain surgery.

To mourn the demise of its 13th President, India has announced seven days of state mourning for the former President.

The stalwart of Indian politics is a well-respected leader across all party lines and his political career spans over five decades that saw him serve as the President of India and minister in charge of key portfolios.

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