List of Prime Ministers of India (1947 – 2019 )

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List of Prime Ministers of India
List of Prime Ministers of India (1947 – 2019 )

Prime Minister of India is the Top Executive for the Worlds biggest Democratic Country -Government of India. Prime Minister of India is the Leader of Council of Ministers. He is the chief Adviser to the President of India and acts as the link between President and Council of Ministers.

Prime Minister of India has to be a member of any political party or coalition, having majority in the Lok Sabha. He can be the member of any of the two houses of Parliament of India – Lok Sabha (Peoples House) and Rajya Sabha.

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1. Jawaharlal Nehru (1889–1964)

Jawaharlal Nehru

First prime minister of India and Longest serving PM of India, First to die in office.

Born : 14 November 1889

Place of Birth : Allahabad

Died: 27 May 1964 (Life Span : 74 years, 195 days )

Place of Death: New Delhi

Tenure in Office : August 15, 1947 – May 27, 1964

Children’s Day is celebrated each year on November 14 in India as a tribute to the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, fondly called ‘Chacha Nehru’ was born this day.

2. Gulzarilal Nanda (1898–1998)

Gulzarilal Nanda

He was the First acting Prime Minister of India for two short periods following the deaths of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964 and Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966.

Born: 4 July 1898

Place of Birth: Sialkot, Punjab

Death: 15 January 1998 (Life Span: 99 years, 195 days)

Place of Death: Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Tenure in Office: 27 May,1964 to 9 June 1964, 13 days

3. Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904–1966)

Lal Bahadur Shastri

He led the country during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965. His slogan of “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan” (“Hail the soldier, Hail the farmer”) became very popular during the war. The war formally ended with the Tashkent Agreement on 10 January 1966; he died the following day, still in Tashkent

Born: 2 October 1904

Place of Birth: Mughalsarai, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh

Death: 11 January 1966 (Life Span: 61 years, 101 days)

Place of Death: Tashkent, Uzbek SSR

Tenure in Office: 9 June, 1964 to 11 January 1966 1 year, 216 days

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4. Indira Gandhi (1917–1984)

Indira Gandhi

Indira Gandhi was the first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India. Indira Gandhi was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India. As Prime Minister, Gandhi was known for her political intransigency and unprecedented centralisation of power. She went to war with Pakistan in support of the independence movement and war of independence in East Pakistan, which resulted in an Indian victory and the creation of Bangladesh.

Born: 19 November 1917

Place of Birth: Allahabad, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh

Death: 31 October 1984(Life Span: 66 years, 347 days)

Place of Death: New Delhi

Tenure in Office: 24 January 1966 to 24 March 1977, 11 years, 59 days

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5. Morarji Desai (1896–1995)

Morarji Desai

Moraji Desai is the oldest person to hold the office of prime minister, at the age of 84, in the history of Indian politics. He subsequently retired from all political posts, but continued to campaign for the Janata Party in 1980. He was conferred with India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna

Born: 2 year, 116 days

Place of Birth: Bhadeli, Bombay and Sindh

Death: 10 April 1995 (Life Span: 99 years, 41 days)

Place of Death: Bombay, Maharashtra

Tenure in Office: 24 March 1977 – 28 July 1979, 2 year, 116 days  

6. Charan Singh (1902–1987)

Charan Singh

Chaudhary Charan Singh  served as the 5thPrime Minister of India between 28 July 1979 and 14 January 1980. He was the only PM who did not face the Parliament. Historians and people alike frequently refer to him as the ‘champion of India’s peasants.

Born: 23 December 1902

Place of Birth: Noorpur, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh

Death: 29 May 1987(Life Span: 84 years, 157 days)

Place of Death: New Delhi

Tenure in Office: 28 July, 1979 to 14 Jan. 1980, 170 days

7. Indira Gandhi (second term) (1917–1984)

Indira Gandhi

First lady who served as PM for second term

Tenure in Office: 14 Jan.1980 to 31 Oct. 1984 , 4 years, 291 days

8. Rajiv Gandhi (1944–1991)

Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was an Indian politician who served as the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime Minister at the age of 40.

Born: 20 August 1944

Place of Birth: Bombay, Bombay Presidency

Death: 21 May 1991 (Life Span: 46 years, 274 days )

Place of Death: Sriperumpudur, Tamil Nadu

Tenure in Office: 31 Oct, 1984 to 2 Dec. 1989, 5 years, 32 days

9. V. P. Singh (1931–2008)

V. P. Singh

First PM to step down after vote of no confidence

Born: 25 June 1931

Place of Birth: Allahabad, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh

Death: 27 November 2008 (Life Span: 77 years, 155 days)

Place of Death: New Delhi, NCT

Tenure in Office: 2 Dec. 1989 to 10 Nov. 1990, 343 Days

10. Chandra Shekhar (1927–2007)

Chandra Shekhar

Chandra Shekhar belongs to  Samajwadi Janata Party. Chandrasekhar is the first Indian Prime Minister who has never held any Government office.

Born: 1 July 1927

Place of Birth: Ibrahimpatti, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh

Death: 8 July 2007(Life Span: 80 years, 7 days)

Place of Death: New Delhi, NCT

Tenure in Office: 10 November,1990 to 21 June 1991, 223 Days

11. P. V. Narasimha Rao (1921–2004)

P. V. Narasimha Rao

Pamulaparthi Venkata Narasimha Rao  served as the 9th Prime Minister of India from 1991 to 1996. He was the second holder of this office from a non-Hindi-speaking region and 1st belonging to the southern part of India

Born: 28 June 1921

Place of Birth: Narsampet, State of Hyderabad

Death: 23 December 2004 (Life Span: 83 years, 178 days)

Place of Death: New Delhi

Tenure in Office: 21 June 1991 to 16 May 1996, 4 years, 330 days

12. Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1924-2018)

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was an Indian politician, statesman, and author who served three terms as the Prime Minister of India, first for a term of 13 days in 1996, then for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999.

Born: 25 December 1924

Place of Birth: Gwalior, Gwalior State

Death: 16 August 2018(Life Span: 93 years, 234 days )

Place of Death: New Delhi

Tenure in Office: 16 May, 1996 to 1 June 1996, 16 Days

13. H. D. Deve Gowda (born 1933)

H. D. Deve Gowda

Haradanahalli Doddegowda Deve Gowda  is an Indian politician who served as the 11th Prime Minister of India from 1 June 1996 to 21 April 1997. He was previously the 14thChief Minister of Karnataka from 1994 to 1996. He is the National President of the Janata Dal (Secular) party.

Born: 18 May 1933 (Age: 86 Years)

Place of Birth: Haradanahalli, Kingdom of Mysore

Tenure in Office: 1 June, 1996 to 21 April 1997, 324 days

14. Inder Kumar Gujral (1919–2012)

Inder Kumar Gujral

Inder Kumar Gujral was an Indian politician who served as the 12th Prime Minister of India from April 1997 to March 1998. Gujral was the third PM to be from the Rajya Sabha, the first being Indira Gandhi (January 1966 – March 1977) and the second H. D. Deve Gowda (June 1996 – April 1997) and followed by Manmohan Singh (May 2004 – May 2014).

Born: 4 December 1919

Place of Birth: Pari Derveza, Punjab

Death: 30 November 2012 (Life Span: 92 years, 362 days)

Place of Death: Gurgaon

Tenure in Office: 21 April 1997 to 19 March, 1998 , 332 days

15. Atal Bihari Vajpayee (second term)(1924-2018)

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first Indian prime minister who was not a member of the Indian National Congress party to have served a full five-year term in office .

Birth: 25 December 1924

Place of Birth: Gwalior

Death: 16 August 2018

Place of Death: New Delhi

Tenure in Office: 19 March, 1998 to 22 May 2004, 6 years, 64 days  

16. Manmohan Singh (born 1932)

Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh  is an Indian economist and politician who served as the Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The first Sikh in office, Singh was also the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term.

Born: 26 September 1932

Place of Birth: Gah, Punjab (Age: 86 Years)

Tenure in Office: 22 May 2004 to 26 May 2014, 10 years, 4 May 2 days    

17. Narendra Modi (born 1950)

Narendra Modi

Narendra Damodardas Modi is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current Prime Minister of India since 2014. He is the first prime minister outside of the Indian National Congress to win two consecutive terms with a full majority, and the second one to complete five years in office after Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Born: 17 September 1950 (Age: 68 years)

Place of Birth: Vadnagar, Gujarat State

Tenure in Office: 26 May 2014, Incumbent

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