Its hard to rank great leaders because each of them helped in shaping and developing our great nation. Yet we are trying to make a comprehensive list of Most popular Prime Ministers of India ever.
As of 2016 Fourteen Leaders has sworn in as Prime Minister of India out of which Six have completed their full fiver year term. One of them From BJP and Five From Congress party.
Top 10 Most Popular Prime Ministers Of India Ever
1. Indira Gandhi
A fierce Teen Freedom Fighter to a popular and tough leader. Indira Gandhi is definitely among most popular Prime Ministers Of India. She remained Indian Prime Minister for 15 Years. Her legacy is associated with her work for Poor, 1971 War against Pakistan, Emergency, A comeback to office in 1979 and conflict with Khalistan Freedom Fighters
2. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
First Non Congress Man who completed 5 Years tenure as Prime Minister of India. In many ways a True Patriot who is perhaps among greatest orator India has ever seen. Despite his old age he was a role model for Youths. He served as Parliamentarian for four decades. Most popular incident associated to his legacy includes Kargil War, National Highway Projects and Nuclear Tests.
3. Lal Bahadur Shastri
A Prime Minister India Needed. Though he died due to Heart Attack in Tashkent while he was there to sign the Tashkent Agreement which brought the end of 1965 India Pakistan War. Though his tenure lasted only couple of years, he was well remembered for his inspirational leadership during and after the war. He gave the slogan of “Jai Jawan Jai Kishan” which is still remembered by Indians. As a Prime Minister He continued the policy of Socialism and Non Alignment presented by Pandit Nehru.
4. Jawahar Lal Nehru
Jawahar Lal Nehru’s legacy is huge. He was the first prime minister of India and had the responsibility to guide India on path of Development. He is consider as architect of Modern India and a guiding force towards making India a sovereign, socialist, secular, and democratic republic. He is also longest serving Indian Prime Minister. His tenure lasted for 17 Years from 1947 to 1964 when he died.
5. Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh as a Prime Minister was not as vocal as others but he was a man with knowledge about how to guide a developing nation especially the economy of country. His reputation as one of the greatest Economist and his leadership skill was the only reason to help survive 2008 Economic Crisis. Though his last five year in PM office is mostly talked about many corruption scandal involving his ministers but some of the great legacy are also associated with him like Rural Employment Guarantee, Nuclear Deal with USA, Right To Information act and Unique Identification Authority.
6. Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi is closely associated with India’s growth in IT sector. He is be remembered as leading political leader for bringing IT revolution in country along with many IT pioneer in country. His tenure as Prime Minister of India lasted 5 years and also included few corruption scandals as well.
7. Narendra Modi
Has been in the office for only couple of years but definitely among most popular Prime Minister of India of all time. He guided BJP to become the only party to get full majority in Parliament after Congress victory in 1984. It is still very early to discuss his achievements and failures but one thing is certain that he will go down in history as one of the tallest leaders of country.
Chandrashekhar had a short term but an eventful one in PM office which lasted only 227 Days. During this time he worked for Farmers and included preamble and fighting of the Gulf War of 1990–91.
9. Morarji Desai
First Non Congress Prime Minister of India who came into power after emergency was removed in 1977 by Indira Gandhi Government. He also led first coalition government which lasted only 2 years. Morarji Deasi was a dynamic Politician who brought together many political parties and formed first Non Congress Government in center.
10. P.V. Narsimha Rao
Narsimha Rao became Prime Minister of India after election of 1991. Rajvi Gandhi was assassinated during election campaign, after that Narsimha Rao was elected by Congress Party to take the top post. His 5 Year tenure was certainly eventful one which included Babri Mosque Demolition, Economic Crisis and Economic Liberalization.
These are Top 10 Most Popular Prime Ministers of India who helped in shaping the nation since 1947. They had their own positive and negative influence but certainly were famous in their lifetime and afterwards.