Kolkata: Tajpur mourned the death of former President Pranab Mukherjee. Residents of Tajpur village in the Amta-2 block of Howrah were shocked over the demise of their beloved Pranab da. When the news of Pranab Mukherjee’s death reached them, the whole village fell without a guardian.

Pranab Mukherjee joined the Mahendranath Roy Institution in Tajpur as a Bengali teacher in 1957. At that time, he earned a salary of Rs 105. He kept Rs 72 for himself and donated the rest for the development of the school. He had not yet entered politics then. While teaching in that school, he used to travel two and a half hours from Howrah to the school.

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He then rented a house from the Chakraborty family in the village and taught at the school. He used to teach Chittaranjan and Nayan Ranjan Chakraborty, two members of the Chakraborty family.

Pranab battled death at the Army Hospital and was under ventilation since August 10. From then, the entire village wished for his recovery. Pranab Mukherjee last went to attend a function at Mahendranath Roy Institution in 2017. He had said, "There is nothing impossible in life, if there are efforts and sincerity in work, one can rise to great heights. But no matter how high you go, keep your feet on the ground.”

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The villagers of Tajpur still remember the words of Pranab Mukherjee. To date, they have not forgotten his advice. Pranab Mukkherjee was the first President from Bengal.