List of presidents of India

List of Presidents of India

The primary duty of the President of India is to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and the law of India as per the oath. The President is the common head of all independent constitutional entities. Powers of President are by and large ceremonial, there are times in which the President’s office assumes real powers.

Rajendra Prasad – Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the first President of the Independent India and also the longest serving President of India. He is the only President to serve two terms in office. A known freedom fighter during the Indian Independence Movement, Rajendra Prasad is the famous political leaders in India. He held the office from 26 January 1950 – 12 May 1962 and belonged to the Indian National Congress.

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan – Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second President of India, who was also the first Vice-President of India. He has been influential in shaping the understanding of Hinduism and was gap filler in understandings between India and the west. The most famous President of India, Radhakrishnan held his office from 13 May 1962 – 13 May 1967.

Zakir Husain – Zakir Husain was the third President of India, who was the first Muslim President of India and the first President to die in his office. Co-founder of Jamia Milia Islamia University, Husain was closely associated with the Indian Independence Movement. He served his office from 13 May 1967 – 3 May 1969 and was an Independent politician.

Varahagiri Venkata Giri  – The elected Vice President of India in 1967, Giri was then appointed as the acting President of India after the death of President Zakir Husain. He was in office 3 May 1969 – 20 July 1969.

Mohammad Hidayatullah  – Hidayatullah was the Chief Justice of India who was also the acting President of India until the election of V. V. Giri as the President of India. He was in office from 20 July 1969 – 24 August 1969.

Varahagiri Venkata Giri – V. V. Giri was the fourth President of India, from 24 August 1969 – 24 August 1974. He was the only President who was selected as the Independent Politician.

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed – Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed was the fifth President of India. He served his term from 24 August 1974 – 11 February 1977. Ahmed was the second President to die in office. He belonged to the Indian National Congress.

Bansappa Danappa Jatti – Bansappa was the fifth Vice-President of India who was the acting President of India from 11 February1977 – 25 July 1977 following the death of then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed in office. Bansappa the most humble politician belongs to the Indian National Congress.

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy  – The youngest President of India Sanjiva Reddy was the sixth President of India who has held several key posts in the Independent India. Reddy was the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He held his President’s office from 25 July 1977 – 25 July 1982. He belonged to the Janata Party.

Zail Singh – Gyani Zail Singh’s presidency was marked by the Operation Blue Star, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the 1984 anti-sikh riots. He belonged to the Indian National Congress and his tenure as President was from 25 July 1982 – 25 July 1987.

Venkataraman – Ramaswamy Venkataraman was actively participated in the Indian Independence Movement, later on to be appointed as the eighth President of India. Venkataraman was the seventh Vice-President of India. His Presidency was from 25 July 1987 – 25 July 1992, and he was from the Indian National Congress.

Shankar Dayal Sharma – The ninth President of India, Shankar Dayal Sharma was the most famous President as he was awarded with the ‘Living Legends of Law Award of Recognition’ for his brilliant contribution to the Legal profession internationally and his commitment to the rule of Law. His tenure was from 25 July 1992 – 25 July 1997 and he represented Indian National Congress.

K. R. Narayanan –Kocheril Raman Narayanan was the tenth President of India and was also the first Dalit President of India. An ambassador of many foreign countries, Narayanan was the first Indian President to vote when in office and has served his term from 25 July 1997 – 25 July 2002. He was an Independent Politician.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam – The eleventh President of India Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was most famous President of India and was known as the Missile Man of India. The “People’s President” Kalam was elected with support of both Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Indian National Congress. His term was from 25 July 2002 – 25 July 2007. He was an Independent Politician.

Pratibha Patil – Pratibha Patil- Shekhawat was the first Woman President of India and also the first female governor of Rajasthan. Her tenure of twelfth Presidency was from 25 July 2007 – 25 July 2012. She belonged to the Indian National Congress.

Pranab Mukherjee–Pranab da as commonly referred was the thirteenth President of India. One of the most famous Presidents, Mukherjee has held many important ministerial portfolios. His Presidency term was from 25 July 2012 – 25 July 2017. He belonged to the Indian National Congress.

Ram Nath Kovind–Kovind is the second Dalit President and is the fourteenth and the current President of India. Initially a Lawyer by profession, Kovind was nominated as the presidential candidate by the ruling NDA coalition and won. He is the active member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and is the first president from the Bharatiya Janata Party.


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