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'We Can Rejoice That for 84 Years Pranab Mukherjee Led a Meaningful Life': Dalai Lama

New Delhi: President  Pranab Mukherjee with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama  during the inaugural session of Laureates & Leaders Summit for Children at President House in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama during the inaugural session of Laureates & Leaders Summit for Children at President House in New Delhi on Saturday. PTI Photo

He noted that Mukherjee's dedication to public service was consistent over many decades, during which time he held several important ministerial portfolios, ultimately serving the nation's President.

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has condoled the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee and said for 84 years he led a meaningful life. In a letter to Mujherjee's son, Abhijeet Mukherjee, the spiritual leader wrote, "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 recalled having had the honour of meeting Mukherjee on several occasions over the years, most recently in 2016. He noted that Mukherjee's dedication to public service was consistent over many decades, during which time he held several important ministerial portfolios, ultimately serving as the nation's President.

The Nobel Peace Laureate concluded, "We can rejoice that for 84 years he led a meaningful life."

first published:September 01, 2020, 16:59 IST