Prime Ministers of India

The Prime Minister of India, as addressed to in the Constitution of India, is the chief of government, chief advisor to the President of India, head of the Council of Ministers and the leader of the majority party in parliament. The prime minister leads the executive branch of the Government of India.

The prime minister is the senior member of cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. The prime minister selects and can dismiss other members of the cabinet; allocates posts to members within the Government; is the presiding member and chairman of the cabinet and is responsible for bringing proposal of legislation. The resignation or death of the prime minister dissolves the cabinet.

The prime minister is appointed by the president to assist the latter in the administration of the affairs of the executive. The incumbent prime minister is Narendra Modi, in office since 26 May 2014.

Name(birth–death) Portrait Term of office
Jawaharlal Nehru
(1889–1964)
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-61849-0001, Indien, Otto Grotewohl bei Ministerpräsident Nehru cropped.jpg 15 August
1947
27 May
1964
16 years,286 days
Gulzarilal Nanda
(1898–1998)
Gulzarilal Nanda.jpg 27 May
1964
9 June
1964
13 days
Lal Bahadur Shastri
(1904–66)
Shastri in office.jpg 9 June
1964
11 January
1966
1 year, 216 days
Gulzarilal Nanda
(1898–1998)
Gulzarilal Nanda.jpg 11 January
1966
24 January
1966
13 days
Indira Gandhi
(1917–84)
Indira Gandhi (cropped).jpg 24 January
1966
24 March
1977
11 years, 59 days
Morarji Desai
(1896–1995)
Morarji Desai (portrait).png 24 March
1977
28 July
1979
2 years, 126 days
Charan Singh
(1902–87)
Charan Singh (cropped).jpg 28 July
1979
14 January
1980
170 days
Indira Gandhi
(1917–84)
Indira Gandhi (cropped).jpg 14 January
1980
31 October
1984
4 years, 291 days
Rajiv Gandhi
(1944–91)
Rajiv Gandhi (1987).jpg 31 October
1984
2 December
1989
5 years, 32 days
V. P. Singh
(1931–2008)
V. P. Singh (cropped).jpg 2 December
1989
10 November
1990
343 days
Chandra Shekhar
(1927–2007)
Chandra Shekhar (cropped).jpg 10 November
1990
21 June
1991
223 days
P. V. Narasimha Rao
(1921–2004)
P V Narasimha Rao.png 21 June
1991
16 May
1996
4 years, 330 days
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(born 1924)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (cropped).jpg 16 May
1996
1 June
1996
16 days
H. D. Deve Gowda
(born 1933)
Deve Gowda.jpg 1 June
1996
21 April
1997
324 days
I. K. Gujral
(1919–2012)
Inder Kumar Gujral 071.jpg 21 April
1997
19 March
1998
332 days
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(born 1924)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee (cropped).jpg 19 March
1998
22 May
2004
6 years, 64 days
Manmohan Singh
(born 1932)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in WEF ,2009 (cropped).jpg 22 May
2004
17 May
2014
10 years, 4 days
Narendra Modi
(born 1950)
Narendra Damodardas Modi (cropped).jpg 26 May
2014
Incumbent