New Delhi, 2 July-2014(PTI): President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a coffee-table book ‘First Citizen: Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhavan’ on Wednesday.The book published by The Week magazine was released by Dr. Karan Singh in the presence of the President and Mr. Philip Mathew, Managing Editor, The Week.
President Pranab Mukherjee receiving the first copy of a coffee-table book titled “First Citizen: Pranab Mukherjee” from former Union Minister Karan Singh as Philip Mathew, Managing Editor, The Week claps at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said the book would be of great interest to the public, especially students of history. He said little is known about the Rashtrapati Bhavan outside its walls. The book’s chronicles unknown yet important aspects of the Presidency.
The President said the Raisina Hill and buildings in and around Rashtrapati Bhavan has been the stage for much of his public life that spans over five decades.
The President recalled that he had been to Rashtrapati Bhavan several times, either to be sworn in as Minister in different Governments or eight occasions as Finance Minister to brief the President on the Budget before its presentation in Parliament, yet, it was only after he became a resident of the building that its importance as a seat of history and value as ‘living heritage’ fully struck him.