Only 5 finance ministers of India have experienced the privilege of keeping that prized portfolio twice in their job in various stints. Pranab Mukherjee was just one of them. But there was a significant change.
The gap in between the two tenures of all other finance ministers – T T Krishnamachari, Morarji Desai, Yashwant Sinha and P Chidambaram – ranged in between 4 a long time and seven a long time.
For Pranab Mukherjee, the gap was 25 a long time. That prolonged gap is testimony as much to his longevity and utility as a politician as to his means to endure below various Congress regimes.
Indira Gandhi was the prime minister when Mukherjee first grew to become the finance minister in 1982, a tenure that lasted till the conclusion of 1984, coinciding with the tragic assassination of Gandhi a pair of months prior to on October 31 that year.