Monday, November 2, 2009


JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU (Tenure1947-1964 )

The first Prime Minister of Independent India. He was born in 1889. An intellectual who laid the foundation for a better India. Author of the famous book 'The discovery of India'. Died in 1964.

GULZARI LAL NANDA (MAY - JUNE, 1964 'acting')

A Gandhian and veteran labour leader, was born in 1898. He held several portfolios in the Union Cabinet. Received 'Bharat Ratna' in 1997. Died in 1998.


A great Indian statesman and freedom fighter, born in 1904.  He acquired the title 'Shastri' from Kashi Vidya Peetha'. The slogan 'Jai Jawan and Jai Kisan' was introduced by him. Died in 1966.

GULZARI LAL NANDA (11-24, JANUARY,1966 'acting')

A Gandhian and veteran labour leader, was born in 1898. He held several portfolios in the Union Cabinet.  Received 'Bharat Ratna' in 1997. Died in 1998.

INDIRA GANDHI (1966-1977)

Daughter of  the first P.M. of India Jawaharlal Nehru, was born at Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh) in 1917. India's first women Prime Minister. Awarded 'Bharat Ratna' in 1971.  Her bold polices led India to victory in the 1971 war against Pakistan. Assasinated in 1984.

MORARJI DESAI (1977-1979)

First non-congress party Prime Minister of India, was born in 1896.  He served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1952-56.  A staunch Gandhian and naturalist. Occupied the positions as Union Minister, Deputy Prime minister and Finance Minister. Awarded Bharat Ratna in1991. He passed away in 1995.

CHARAN SINGH (1979-1980)

He was born in 1902.  Occupied the position of President of Lok Dal for many years.  He was the Deputy Prime Minister during Janata regime.  Died in 1987.

INDIRA GANDHI (1980-1984)

She was again elected as the Prime Minister in 1980. She was shot dead in 1984 at her residence. she encouraged 'scientific development' in the country.

RAJIV GANDHI (1984-1989)

Youngest Prime Minister of the World's largest democratic country, was born in 1944. Son of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. A commercial pilot turned politician, was assassinated during an election campaign in 1991. He was awarded with  'Bharat Ratna' posthumously.


He was the Union Minister in Janata party ministry, a senior leader of Janata Dal. He was born in 1931. A renowned painter. Served as Prime Minister from 1989-90.


He was born in 1927.  A parliamentarian, socialist and serving as President of Socialist Janata Party from 1977.

P.V.NARASIMHARAO (1991-1996)

He was born in 1921.  Served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1971-73, External Affairs Minister, Defence Minister and Human Resources Minister in Congress Government from 1980 onwards and later as the Prime Minister.

A.B.VAJPAYEE (16. 5.1996 - 1.6.1996)

A brilliant parliamentarian, orator, poet and journalist, Freedom fighter and social worker, was born in 1924.  Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha(1993). Founder member Jan Sangh, former President BJP.  Received Padma Vibhushan, Best Parliamentarian award.

H.D.DEVEGOWDA (1.6.1996 - 21.4.1997)

He was born in 1933.  Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and Janata Dal leader.

I .K.GUJARAL (21.4.1997 - 18.3.1998)

He was born in 1919.  Formerly in Union Cabinet from 67 - 76 and 89 - 90.  Minister of External Affairs (89-90, 96-97), Ambassador to USSR (76 - 80).

A.B.VAJPAYEE ( 19.3.1998 - 13-10-1999)

Again elected as the Prime Minister from the BJP party from the Lucknow constituency (1998, 1999). Over the decades, the veteran has emerged as a national leader who has mass appeal and commands respect for his liberal worldview and commitment to democratic ideals.

A.B.VAJPAYEE (13-10-1999- 22-5-2004)

Dr.MANMOHAN SINGH (May 22, 2004 - till date)

Present Prime Minister of India. Born in 1932, he is best known as ' father of Indian Reforms'. An academician by profession, he has taught in several universities and also held various positions in the government service. Former Finance Minister (1991) under the Congress government.

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