Presidents of India

Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee (From July 25, 2012 -
Shri Pranab Mukherjee was born into a middle-class family in Birbhum district of West Bengal in December 1935. During his more than four decades of public service, he was the government's principal trouble-shooter during its most tumultuous days as he commanded tremendous respect across the political spectrum. From the time he first became minister of state for revenue and banking under Indira Gandhi in 1973, Mukherjee has held a variety of portfolios as foreign, defence and finance ministers in successive governments. He first headed the finance ministry in 1982.

Pratibha Devisingh Patil Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil (From July 25, 2007- July 25, 2012)
Shrimati Pratibha Devisingh Patil, the present president of India was born on 19th December,1934 at Jalgaon district in Maharashtra. Shrimati Patil has special interest in the development of the rural economy and welfare of women. She was sworn in as president on July 25, 2007.

A.P.J.Abdul Kalam Dr. Avul Pakir Jainul Abudin Abdul Kalam (From July 25, 2002- July 25, 2007)
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabhudin Adbul Kalam, was born on 15th October, 1931 at Dhanushkodi in Rameshwaram district, Tamil Nadu. This genius rightfully termed as the father of India's missile technology formerly served as the scientific advisor to the government of India. 

K.R.Narayan K.R.Narayan (From July 25, 1997- July 24, 2002)
Shri Kocheril Raman Narayanan was born on October 27, 1920 in the village of Uzhavoor in Kottayam district, Kerala.  He was elected as vice-president of India and served in this position from August 21, 1992. After that he assumed office as President of India on July 25, 1997. 

Dr.Shankar Dayal SharmaDr.Shankar Dayal Sharma (1992-1997)
He was born in 1918.  Scholar, freedom fighter, was Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Congress President, Union Cabinet minister, Governor and Vice-President. Died in 1999. 

R.Venkataraman R.Venkataraman (1987-1992)
Shri Venkataraman was born in 1910. He was elected Vice-President of India in August, 1984. Having been elected to the Office of the President of India, Shri Venkataraman was sworn in on July 25, 1987. He is the Eighth President of the Republic of India.

Giani Zail SinghGiani Zail Singh (1982-1987)
Giani Zail Singh was born in 1916.  The Giani's innings in public life have been long and varied - freedom fighter, social reformer, champion of the down-trodden, State Congress Leader, successful Chief Minister and Union Home Minister. He was elected to the highest office of the President of India on July 15, 1982. Died in 1994.

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (1977-1982)
Born in 1913. Served as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Union Minister and Speaker of Lok Sabha. Freedom Fighter. President of Indian National Congress. Died in 1996. 

B.D. Jatti B.D. Jatti (February - July, 1977 'acting')
He was born in 1913 and was a Lawyer by profession. He became Chief Minister of Karnataka and Governor of Orissa. 

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1974-1977)
He was born in 1905. He was active in the freedom movement. Served as Union Minister from 1966 and later the President. Died in 1977.  

V.V.Giri V.V.Giri (1969-1974)
He was born in 1884. Lawyer by profession, Veteran trade unionist. Received Bharat Ratna in 1975. Died in 1980.

M. Hidayatullah Justice. M. Hidayatullah (July-August, 1969 'acting')
Born in 1905, he was the judge of high court and served as Chief Commissioner of Scouts and Guides. Died in 1992.

Zakir HussainDr. Zakir Hussain (1967-1969)
A great pat7riot, educationalist and social worker. Born in 1897, served as chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. Received Bharat Ratna in 1963.  Died in 1969.

S. Radhakrishnan Dr. S. Radhakrishnan (1962-1967)
Indian Scholar, Philosopher, Writer and statesman, was born in 1888. Served as the First Vice President (1952-62) and later the President. He taught at Oxford University for 16years.He was Chairman of UNESCO. 'The Hindu view of Life' and 'The India Philosophy' are his books. He was Awarded with 'Bharat Ratna' in 1954. He Died in 1975.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1950-1962)
The first president of Independent India, Indian statesman and devout Gandhian, was born in 1884. He also handled the Ministry for food (1947). Awarded Bharat Ratna in 1962. Died in 1963.