Sunday, February 5, 2012

List of Presidents of India

List of Presidents of India

# Name  Took office   Left office       Vice President          Notes

1 Rajendra Prasad (1884–1963)
26 January 1950 13 May 1962 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
1952 election page & 1957 election page
Prasad was the first President of independent India from Bihar.He was also an independence activist of the Indian Independence Movement.Prasad was the only president to serve for two terms in office.

2 Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888–1975)
13 May 1962 13 May 1967 Zakir Hussain
1962 election page
Radhakrishnan was a prominent philosopher, writer, a Knight of the Realm and also held the position of vice chancellorof the Andhra Universityand Banaras Hindu University. He was also made a Knight of theGolden Army of Angels byPope Paul VI.

3 Zakir Hussain (1897–1969)
13 May 1967 3 May 1969 Varahagiri Venkata Giri
1967 election page
Hussain was vice chancellor of the Aligarh Muslim University and a recipient of Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna. He died before his term of office was ended.

4 Varahagiri Venkata Giri (1894–1980)
24 August 1969 24 August 1974 Gopal Swarup Pathak
1969 election page
Giri is the only person to have served as both an acting president and president of India. He was a recipient of the Bharat Ratna, and has functioned as Indian Minister of Labour and High Commissioner toCeylon (Sri Lanka).

5 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1905–1977)
24 August 1974 11 February 1977 Basappa Danappa Jatti
1974 election page
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed served as a Minister before being elected as president. He died in 1977 before his term of office ended, and was the second Indian president to have died during a term of office.

6 Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (1913–1996)
25 July 1977 25 July 1982 Muhammad Hidayatullah
1977 election page
N.S.Reddy was the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh State. Reddy was the only Member of Parliament from the Janata Party to get elected from Andhra Pradesh.[18] He was unanimously elected Speaker of the Lok Sabhaon 26 March 1977 and relinquished this office on 13 July 1977 to become the 6th President of India.

7 Giani Zail Singh (1916–1994)
25 July 1982 25 July 1987 Ramaswamy Venkataraman
1982 election page
In March 1972, Singh assumed the position of chief Minister of Punjab, and in 1980, he became Union Home Minister.

8 Ramaswamy Venkataraman (1910–2009)
25 July 1987 25 July 1992 Shankar Dayal Sharma
1987 election page
In 1942, Venkataraman was jailed by the British for his involvement in theIndia's independencemovement. After his release, he was elected to independent India’s Provisional Parliament as a member of the Congress Party in 1950 and eventually joined the central government, where he first served as Minister of Finance and Industry and later as Minister of Defence.

9 Shankar Dayal Sharma (1918–1999)
25 July 1992 25 July 1997 Kocheril Raman Narayanan
1992 election page
Sharma was Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, and the Indian Minister for Communications. He has also served as the governor of Andhra Pradesh, Punjaband Maharashtra.

10 Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1920–2005)
25 July 1997 25 July 2002 Krishan Kant
1997 election page
Narayanan served as India's ambassador to Thailand, Turkey, China and United States of America. He received doctorates in Science and Law and was also a chancellor in several universities. He was also the vice-chancellor ofJawaharlal Nehru University.

11 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (1931–)
25 July 2002 25 July 2007 Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
2002 election page
Kalam, was a scientist who played a leading role in the development of India's ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.Kalam also received the Bharat Ratna.

12 Pratibha Patil (1934–)
25 July 2007 Incumbent Mohammad Hamid Ansari
2007 election page
Patil is the first woman to become the President of India. She was also the first female Governor of Rajasthan.

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