"Mukherjee is not merely an important member of the
Union Cabinet but without him cabinet system might well be in
jeopardy," Governor M K Narayanan said while releasing a
coffee-table book on him at a function at Raj Bhavan here.
"Without him (Pranab Mukherjee) the soft spoken Prime
Minister (Manmohan Singh) might find it difficult to manage a
pricky situation," the Governor said.
"He is the shining star in our firmament and I was
privileged to be associated with some of these triumphs,
notably the Indo-US civil nuclear initiative -- perhaps one of
the important foreign policy triumphs," Narayanan, a former
National Security Advisor, said.
Speaking about the book, 'Pranab Mukherjee: The All
Season Man', educationist Amal Mukhopadhyya said "Mukherjee is
professional political scientist and an impartial observer".
"Among the national figures at the moment, Mukherjee
stood as a class by himself," Mukhopadhyya, who was former
principal of the Presidency College Kolkata, said.
The book has been written by a political activist and a
lawyer and is a compilation of memoirs, first person
accounts and thoughts by eminent personalities from different
walks of life at home and abroad.
It has been edited by Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, a state
Congress leader and a close associate of Mukherjee.
Kolkata: Praising Union Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee for playing the role of a sheet anchor in
dealing with difficult situations, the West Bengal Governor
on Sunday said without him cabinet system might well be in
First Published: Monday, March 08, 2010, 00:29