Prime Ministers of India list from 1947 to 2021

Since 1947, India has had 15 prime ministers. Jawaharlal Nehru was India's first prime minister from August 15, 1947 until his death on May 27, 1964, while current PM Narendra Modi is the first one who was born after Indian independence. Here's a list of all prime ministers of India.

Jawaharlal Nehru
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) was the India's first prime minister. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Gulzarilal Nanda took over the charge for two short periods following the deaths of Jawaharlal Nehru from May 27, 1964 till June 9, 1964 and Lal Bahadur Shastri from January 11, 1966 to January 2, 1966.

Gulzarilal Nanda
Gulzarilal Nanda (1898-1998) was the second prime minister of India. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Lal Bahadur Shastri served the nation from June 9, 1964 until his death on January 11, 1966.

Lal Bahadur Shastri
Lal Bahadur Shastri (1904-1966) was the third prime minister of India. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

A central figure of the Indian National Congress Indira ​Gandhi, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru served as prime minister from January 24, 1966 to March 24, 1977 and again from January 14, 1980 until her assassination on October 31, 1984.

Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi was born on 1917 and died on 1984. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Morarji Desai became the first non-Congress prime minister. He lead the government formed by the Janta Party between 1977 and 1979.

Morarji Desai
Morarji Desai was born on 1896 and died on 1995. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

After Desai resigned in 1979, his former associate Charan Singh briefly held office between July 28, 1979 and January 14, 1980 until the Congress won the 1980 Indian general election and Indira Gandhi returned as prime minister.

Charan Singh
Charan Singh was born on 1902 and died on 1987. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Indira Gandhi's son Rajiv Gandhi took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother. In mid-1987, after a general election loss, Rajiv Gandhi's five-year term ended in the 1989 election.

Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi was born on 1944 and died on 1991. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Vishwanath Pratap Singh of the Janta Dal, formed the year-long National Front coalition government in 1989.

Vishwanath Pratap Singh
Vishwanath Pratap Singh was born on 1931 and died on 2008. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

A seven-month interlude under prime minister Chandra Shekhar followed, after which the Congress party returned to power, forming the government under PV Narasimha Rao in June 1991, Rajiv Gandhi having been assassinated earlier that year.

Chandra Shekhar
Chandra Shekhar was born on 1927 and died on 2007. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

PV Narasimha Rao was an Indian lawyer and politician become 9th Prime Minister of India from 1991 to 1996.

PV Narasimha Rao
PV Narasimha Rao was born on 1921 and died on 2004. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Co-founders and a senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Atal Bihari Vajpayee 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, followed by a full term from 1999 to 2004. 

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on 1924 and died on 2018. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

HD Deve Gowda started his tenure from June 1,  1996 up till April 21,  1997.

H.D. Deve Gowda
H.D. Deve Gowda was born on 1933. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Inder Kumar Gujral served as the 12th prime minister of India from April 1997 to March 1998.

Inder Kumar Gujral
Inder Kumar Gujral was born on 1919 and died in 2012. Photo courtesy: Wkimedia

Manmohan Singh was the first Sikh Prime minister of India and served as the 13th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. 

Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh was born on 1932. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia

Narendra Modi is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current prime minister of India since 2014. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing Hindu nationalist volunteer organisation.

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi was born on 1950. Photo courtesy: Wikimedia


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