Today is the birthday anniversary of Pranab Mukherjee as he was popularly called. At a rememberance meeting of Kashmir (Policy & Strategy) Group rich tributes were paid to Bharat Ratna late Pranab Mukerjee,by Senior Advocate,distinguished fellow of USI & Chairman Ashok Bhan.He described Pranab Da as a versatile personality great economist,visionanary leader,able diplomat and an impeccable and competent administrator besides being a Statesman.Bhan said-Bharat Ratna Pranab Mukherjee was a man of deep culture. He was a veteran Congressman and the most astute, competent, upright and accomplished politician. He narrowly missed being the Prime Minister on at least two occasions, but finally rose to be the first citizen of the country.Bhan further said that In his memoirs Pranab Da has said -that the Congress had lost focus after his elevation as the President of India, and Sonia Gandhi was unable to manage and control affairs of the grand old party.Bhan said-He used to take sometimes my assistance on Kashmir situation when he was external affairs minister. It was Pranab Da who recommended my name to Prime Minister for inclusion in the Parliamentary delegation to UNSC in 2008 as an expert.As President Of India: Pranab Mukherjee has said: “There is no humiliation more abusive than hunger. I have seen vast, perhaps unbelievable changes during the journey that has brought me from the flicker from a lamp in a small Bengal village to the chandeliers of Delhi.”Astute, perceptive and equally well versed with the nature of Indian politics, Pranab Da, as he was called by his well-wishers and adversaries, was consulted by every single politician including the current Prime Minister on issues of national importance.His grasp over the political affairs was widely recognised and he played a major role when the Congress split for the second time in 1978. He was made the treasurer of Congress (I).Although, in 1980, he unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha election, yet he was inducted into the Union Cabinet as the Commerce Minister and given the additional charge of Steels and Mine.