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.
Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi
02 October 1869
Leader of Indian Independence Movement
Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
17 September 1950
Prime Minister of India

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

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

Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri
02 October 1904
Former Prime Minister of India

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917
Former Prime Minister of India
Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra Bose
23 January 1897
 

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883
Independence Activist, Reformer

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

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee
25 December 1924
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
Bal Gangadhar TilakBal Gangadhar Tilak
23 July 1856
Indian teacher

Feroze GandhiFeroze Gandhi
12 September 1912
Political Leader

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
09 December 1946
Former President of Indian National Congress
Motilal NehruMotilal Nehru
06 May 1861
Political Leader

Arvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal
16 August 1968
Anti Corruption Activist, Politician
Rajendra PrasadRajendra Prasad
03 December 1884
Former President of India

Pranab MukherjeePranab Mukherjee
11 December 1935
13th President of India

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

P. V. Narasimha RaoP. V. Narasimha Rao
28 June 1921
Prime Minister of India
M G RamachandranM. G. Ramachandran
17 January 1917
Actor, Politician

K. Kamaraj K. Kamaraj
15 July 1903
Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India

Lala Lajpat RaiLala Lajpat Rai
28 January 1865
Freedom Fighter

C. RajagopalachariC. Rajagopalachari
10 December 1878
Politician, Independence Activist, Lawyer, Writer
Jayaprakash NarayanJayaprakash Narayan
11 October 1902
Political Leaders
 Dadabhai NaorojiDadabhai Naoroji
04 September 1825
 

Gulzarilal NandaGulzarilal Nanda
04 July 1898
Former Prime Minister of India

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
I. K. GujralI. K. Gujral
04 December 1919
Former Prime Minister of India

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V P SinghV. P. Singh
25 June 1931
Eighth Prime Minister of India

Jaswant SinghJaswant Singh
03 January 1938
Politician

Madan Mohan MalaviyaMadan Mohan Malaviya
25 December 1861
Politician & Educationist

Nandan NilekaniNandan Nilekani
02 June 1955
Founder of Infosys
Zail SinghZail Singh
05 May 1916
President of India

V. K. Krishna MenonV. K. Krishna Menon
03 May 1896
Indian Politician
K. R. NarayananK. R. Narayanan
27 October 1920
President of India

Govind Ballabh PantGovind Ballabh Pant
10 September 1887
Freedom Fighter

Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelSardar Vallabhbhai Patel
31 October 1875
Iron Man of India
Bidhan Chandra RoyBidhan Chandra Roy
01 July 1882
Political Leader, Physician

Chittaranjan DasChittaranjan Das
05 November 1870
Indian politician
J. B. KirpalaniJ. B. Kripalani
11 November 1888
Politician

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

Syama Prasad MookerjeeSyama Prasad Mookerjee
06 July 1901
Indian Politician

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadMaulana Abul Kalam Azad
11 November 1888
Indian scholar

Dr Zakir HussainDr Zakir Husain
08 February 1897
Former President of India
Sushma SwarajSushma Swaraj
14 February 1952
Politician

Arun JaitleyArun Jaitley
28 December 1952
Politician, Lawyer, Spokesperson, Strategist

Amit ShahAmit Shah
1964 AD
politician

P. ChidambaramP. Chidambaram
16 September 1945
Politician, Lawyer
Vallabhbhai PatelVallabhbhai Patel
31 October 1875
Politician, Lawyer, Economist

Ram JethmalaniRam Jethmalani
14 September 1923
Lawyer, Politician
Sharad PawarSharad Pawar
12 December 1940
Politician

Rakhi SawantRakhi Sawant
25 November 1978
Model, Actor

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

Y. S. Jaganmohan ReddyY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
21 December 1972
politician
Rahul GandhiRahul Gandhi
19 June 1970
Politician

Subramanian SwamySubramanian Swamy
15 September 1939
Economist, Politician, Author

Sunil DuttSunil Dutt
06 June 1930
Actor
Venkaiah NaiduVenkaiah Naidu
01 July 1949
Politician

Sanjay GandhiSanjay Gandhi
14 December 1948
politician
Asaduddin OwaisiAsaduddin Owaisi
13 May 1969
Politician

Vinod KhannaVinod Khanna
06 October 1946
Actor

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

Nandamuri BalakrishnaNandamuri Balakrishna
10 June 1960
Actor, Politician
Raj ThackerayRaj Thackeray
14 June 1968
Politician
Yogi AdityanathYogi Adityanath
05 June 1972
Politician

Ravi KishanRavi Kishan
17 July 1969
Actor

Mamata BanerjeeMamata Banerjee
05 January 1955
Politician, Painter

Shabana AzmiShabana Azmi
18 September 1951
actor
Uddhav ThackerayUddhav Thackeray
27 July 1960
Politician

Abul Kalam AzadAbul Kalam Azad
11 November 1888
Politician, Journalist

Muhammad Zia-ul-HaqMuhammad Zia-ul-Haq
12 August 1924
Politician, Officer

Shatrughan SinhaShatrughan Sinha
09 December 1945
Political Leaders

H. D. Deve GowdaH. D. Deve Gowda
18 May 1933
Politician
Lalu Prasad YadavLalu Prasad Yadav
11 June 1948
Politician

Rajiv DixitRajiv Dixit
30 November 1967
 
Raj BabbarRaj Babbar
23 June 1952
Actor

Nitin GadkariNitin Gadkari
27 May 1957
Politician

Dara SinghDara Singh
19 November 1928
Indian professional wrestler
Ram Vilas PaswanRam Vilas Paswan
05 July 1946
Politician

N. Chandrababu NaiduN. Chandrababu Naidu
20 April 1950
Politician
Arun GawliArun Gawli
 

Isha KoppikarIsha Koppikar
19 September 1976
Actress

Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal
1965 AD
politician, state senator

Chandra ShekharChandra Shekhar
17 April 1927
politician
Nitish KumarNitish Kumar
01 March 1951
Politician

Nandamuri HarikrishnaNandamuri Harikrishna
02 September 1956
Politician, Actor
George FernandesGeorge Fernandes
03 June 1930
Politician, Journalist, Trade unionist

Ravi Shankar PrasadRavi Shankar Prasad
30 August 1954
Politician, Lawyer
Suresh GopiSuresh Gopi
26 June 1959
Actor

M. K. StalinM. K. Stalin
01 March 1953
Politician, Actor
C. N. AnnaduraiC. N. Annadurai
15 September 1909
Politician, Screenwriter, Writer