Guwahati: Gandhi Mandap Flag half-mast to mourn demise of Pranab Mukherjee


GUWAHATI: The central government on Monday announced seven-day state mourning on the demise of former president Pranab Mukherjee. Following that the third tallest flag in the country is seen flying half-mast at Gandhi Mandap in Guwahati.

As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days State Mourning will be observed throughout India from 31.08.2020 to 06.09.2020. During the period of State Mourning, the National Flag will fly at half-mast on all buildings throughout India, where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.

It is to be mentioned that the 9,600 sq ft flag stands on a 319.5 ft flag pole at Gandhi Mandap, a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi atop the Sarania Hill in the heart of Assam’s principal city. The tip of the flag pole from the base of the hill is about 300 meters, making it the tallest from the mean sea level.

Pranab Mukherjee, one of India’s most cerebral and respected politicians, died on Monday evening following a 21-day battle with multiple ailments. He died at the age of 84. Mukherjee was admitted at the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital on August 10 and was operated for removal of a clot in the brain the same day. Mukherjee had tested positive for COVID-19 at the time of his admission and was being treated for a lung infection. He had suffered a septic shock on Sunday due to it. Doctors said he died of a cardiac arrest at 4.30 pm. He is survived by two sons and a daughter.