India has a large number of political parties; it is estimated that over 200 parties were formed after India became independent in 1947. Jawaharlal Nehru, a central figure in Indian politics before and after independence became the first Prime Minister of India. He is considered to be the architect of the modern Indian nation-state. Rajendra Prasad, a freedom fighter during the Indian independence movement was the first President of independent India, and also the longest-serving president, for 12 years. Prominent philosopher and writer Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was also a much acclaimed political leader who served as the president of India from 1962 to 1967. Lal Bahadur Shastri, of the Indian National Congress, was the prime minister during a part of Radhakrishnan’s tenure. Jawaharlal Nehru’s daughter, Indira Gandhi created history when she became the first female Prime Minister of India. As a political leader, she was known for her political ruthlessness and unprecedented centralization of power. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a veteran politician and poet, is also counted amongst the greatest prime ministers of the nation. One of the most respected presidents of the country, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a scientist who played a leading role in the development of India's nuclear weapons programs. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Indian political leaders.
Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
17 September 1950
Prime Minister of India
Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi
02 October 1869
Leader of Indian Independence Movement

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917
 

B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar
14 April 1891
 

Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru
14 November 1889
First PM of India & Freedom Fighter

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
09 December 1946
President of Congress Party
Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee
25 December 1924
Former Prime Minister of India

Priyanka GandhiPriyanka Gandhi
12 January 1972
Politician, Daughter of Rajiv Gandhi

Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra Bose
23 January 1897
 

Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri
02 October 1904
Former Prime Minister of India
Maneka GandhiManeka Gandhi
26 August 1956
Politician, Animal Rights Activist

Ram Nath KovindRam Nath Kovind
01 October 1945
14th President of India
P. V. Narasimha RaoP. V. Narasimha Rao
28 June 1921
Prime Minister of India

Arvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal
16 August 1968
Anti Corruption Activist, Politician

L.K. AdvaniL. K. Advani
08 November 1927
Politician
Morarji DesaiMorarji Desai
29 February 1896
Politician, Prime Minister of India

Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee
11 December 1935
13th President of India
Rajendra PrasadRajendra Prasad
03 December 1884
Former President of India

M G RamachandranM. G. Ramachandran
17 January 1917
Actor, Politician

V P SinghV. P. Singh
25 June 1931
Eighth Prime Minister of India
Bal Gangadhar TilakBal Gangadhar Tilak
23 July 1856
Indian teacher

K. Kamaraj K. Kamaraj
15 July 1903
Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India
Jayaprakash NarayanJayaprakash Narayan
11 October 1902
Political Leaders

C. RajagopalachariC. Rajagopalachari
10 December 1878
Politician, Independence Activist, Lawyer, Writer

 Dadabhai NaorojiDadabhai Naoroji
04 September 1825
 

Gulzarilal NandaGulzarilal Nanda
04 July 1898
Former Prime Minister of India
I. K. GujralI. K. Gujral
04 December 1919
Former Prime Minister of India
Lala Lajpat RaiLala Lajpat Rai
28 January 1865
Freedom Fighter

K. R. NarayananK. R. Narayanan
27 October 1920
President of India

Madan Mohan MalaviyaMadan Mohan Malaviya
25 December 1861
Politician & Educationist

Gopal Krishna GokhaleGopal Krishna Gokhale
09 May 1866
Pioneer of Indian Independence Movement
V. V. GiriV. V. Giri
10 August 1894
Fourth President of India

Nandan NilekaniNandan Nilekani
02 June 1955
Founder of Infosys

V. K. Krishna MenonV. K. Krishna Menon
03 May 1896
Indian Politician

Zail SinghZail Singh
05 May 1916
President of India

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Bidhan Chandra RoyBidhan Chandra Roy
01 July 1882
Political Leader, Physician
Jaswant SinghJaswant Singh
03 January 1938
Politician

Govind Ballabh PantGovind Ballabh Pant
10 September 1887
Freedom Fighter
Chittaranjan DasChittaranjan Das
05 November 1870
Indian politician

Gopinath BordoloiGopinath Bordoloi
06 June 1890
First Chief Minister of Assam, India

J. B. KirpalaniJ. B. Kripalani
11 November 1888
Politician
Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelSardar Vallabhbhai Patel
31 October 1875
Iron Man of India

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadMaulana Abul Kalam Azad
11 November 1888
Indian scholar
Syama Prasad MookerjeeSyama Prasad Mookerjee
06 July 1901
Indian Politician

Dr Zakir HussainDr Zakir Husain
08 February 1897
Former President of India

Y. S. Jaganmohan ReddyY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
21 December 1972
politician

Rahul GandhiRahul Gandhi
19 June 1970
Politician

Amit ShahAmit Shah
1964 AD
politician
Mamata BanerjeeMamata Banerjee
05 January 1955
Politician, Painter

Feroze GandhiFeroze Gandhi
12 September 1912
Politician, Journalist

N. Chandrababu NaiduN. Chandrababu Naidu
20 April 1950
Politician

Arun JaitleyArun Jaitley
28 December 1952
Politician, Lawyer, Spokesperson, Strategist
Sanjay GandhiSanjay Gandhi
14 December 1948
politician

Mithun ChakrabortyMithun Chakraborty
16 June 1950
actor, politician
Bal ThackerayBal Thackeray
23 January 1926
Politician, Journalist, Painter

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883
Poet, Philosopher, Politician, Playwright

Sushma SwarajSushma Swaraj
14 February 1952
Politician, Lawyer
MayawatiMayawati
15 January 1956
Politician

Yogi AdityanathYogi Adityanath
05 June 1972
Politician
Subramanian SwamySubramanian Swamy
15 September 1939
Economist, Politician, Author

Vallabhbhai PatelVallabhbhai Patel
31 October 1875
Politician, Lawyer, Economist

Asaduddin OwaisiAsaduddin Owaisi
13 May 1969
Politician
Varun GandhiVarun Gandhi
13 March 1980
Politician

H. D. Deve GowdaH. D. Deve Gowda
18 May 1933
Politician
Nitin GadkariNitin Gadkari
27 May 1957
Politician

Sunil DuttSunil Dutt
06 June 1930
Actor

Ram Vilas PaswanRam Vilas Paswan
05 July 1946
Politician

Sharad PawarSharad Pawar
12 December 1940
Politician
Lalu Prasad YadavLalu Prasad Yadav
11 June 1948
Politician
Akhilesh YadavAkhilesh Yadav
01 July 1973
Politician

Nandamuri BalakrishnaNandamuri Balakrishna
10 June 1960
Actor, Politician

Paresh RawalParesh Rawal
30 May 1950
Television producer, Actor, Politician

Nitish KumarNitish Kumar
01 March 1951
Politician
Mulayam Singh YadavMulayam Singh Yadav
22 November 1939
Politician

M. K. StalinM. K. Stalin
01 March 1953
Politician, Actor

Rakhi SawantRakhi Sawant
25 November 1978
Model, Actor

Venkaiah NaiduVenkaiah Naidu
01 July 1949
Politician

Raj ThackerayRaj Thackeray
14 June 1968
Politician
Sumitra MahajanSumitra Mahajan
12 April 1943
Politician

Shabana AzmiShabana Azmi
18 September 1951
actor
Ravi Shankar PrasadRavi Shankar Prasad
30 August 1954
Politician, Lawyer

Abul Kalam AzadAbul Kalam Azad
11 November 1888
Politician, Journalist

Mani Shankar AiyarMani Shankar Aiyar
10 April 1941
Politician
Chandra ShekharChandra Shekhar
17 April 1927
politician

Uddhav ThackerayUddhav Thackeray
27 July 1960
Politician
Muhammad Zia-ul-HaqMuhammad Zia-ul-Haq
12 August 1924
Politician, Officer

Rajiv DixitRajiv Dixit
30 November 1967
 

P. ChidambaramP. Chidambaram
16 September 1945
Politician, Lawyer

Parkash Singh BadalParkash Singh Badal
08 December 1927
Politician
Nandamuri HarikrishnaNandamuri Harikrishna
02 September 1956
Politician, Actor

Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal
1965 AD
politician, state senator
Ram JethmalaniRam Jethmalani
14 September 1923
Lawyer, Politician

George FernandesGeorge Fernandes
03 June 1930
Politician, Journalist, Trade unionist

Kalvakuntla Chandrashekar RaoKalvakuntla Chandrashekar Rao
17 February 1954
 

Arun GawliArun Gawli
 
V. K. SinghV. K. Singh
10 May 1951