Minister of Defence (India)

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Minister of Defence
Emblem of India.svg
Ministry of Defence
AppointerPresident on the advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holderBaldev Singh
Formation2 September 1946

The Minister of Defence is the head of the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India. They are often assisted by a Minister of State for Defence and less-commonly, the lower-ranked Deputy Minister of Defence. The defence minister additionally serves as President of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, and as Chancellor of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology and of the National Defence University.

The first defence minister of independent India was Baldev Singh, who served in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet during 1947–52. Nirmala Sitharaman is the current defence minister of India.

List of defence ministers[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party
(Alliance)
Prime Minister
1 Baldev Singh

(1902–1961)

2 September 1946 – 10 May 1952 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
2 N. Gopalaswami Ayyangar[1]

(1882–1953)

Gopalaswamy Ayyangar.jpg 1952—1953
3 Jawaharlal Nehru[1]

(1889–1964)

Jnehru.jpg 1953—1955
4 Kailash Nath Katju

(1887–1968)

1955—1957
(3) Jawaharlal Nehru[1]

(1889–1964)

Jnehru.jpg 1957—1957
5 V. K. Krishna Menon

(1896–1974)

Krishna Menon.jpg 1957—1962
(3) Jawaharlal Nehru[1]

(1889–1964)

Jnehru.jpg 1962—1962
6 Yashwantrao Chavan

(1913–1984)

Y B Chavan (cropped).jpg 1962—1966 Jawaharlal Nehru

Lal Bahadur Shastri

Indira Gandhi

7 Swaran Singh

(1907–1994)

1966—1970 Indira Gandhi
8 Jagjivan Ram

(1908–1986)

Jagjivan Ram (cropped).jpg 1970—1974
(5) Swaran Singh

(1907–1994)

1974—1975
9 Indira Gandhi

(1917–1984)

Indira Gandhi 1977.jpg 1975—1975
10 Bansi Lal

(1927–2006)

21 December 1975 – 24 March 1977
(8) Jagjivan Ram

(1908–1986)

Jagjivan Ram (cropped).jpg 24 March 1977 – 28 July 1979 Janata Party Morarji Desai
11 Chidambaram Subramaniam

(1910–2000)

Chidambaram Subramaniam.jpg 28 July 1979 – 14 January 1980 Janata Party (Secular) Charan Singh
(9) Indira Gandhi

(1917–1984)

Indira Gandhi 1977.jpg 16 January 1980 – 15 January 1982 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
12 R. Venkataraman

(1910–2009)

R Venkataraman.jpg 15 January 1982 – 2 August 1984
13 Shankarrao Chavan

(1920–2004)

2 August 1984 – 31 December 1984 Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
14 P. V. Narasimha Rao

(1921–2004)

Pumapaparti.N.rao.jpg 31 December 1984 – 25 September 1985 Rajiv Gandhi
15 Rajiv Gandhi

(1944–1991)

Rajiv Gandhi (1987).jpg 25 September 1985 – 24 January 1987
16 V. P. Singh

(1931–2008)

V. P. Singh (cropped).jpg 24 January 1987 – 12 April 1987
17 K. C. Pant

(1931–2012)

12 April 1987 – 1 December 1989
(14) V. P. Singh

(1931–2008)

V. P. Singh (cropped).jpg 2 December 1989 – 10 November 1990 Janata Dal
(National Front)
V. P. Singh
18 Chandra Shekhar

(1927–2007)

Chandra Shekhar Singh 2010 stamp of India.jpg 10 November 1990 – 21 June 1991 Samajwadi Janata Party
(National Front)
Chandra Shekhar
19 Sharad Pawar

(born 1940)

Sharad Pawar, Minister of AgricultureCrop.jpg 21 June 1991 – 6 March 1993 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
(12) P. V. Narasimha Rao

(1921–2004)

Pumapaparti.N.rao.jpg 6 March 1993 – 16 May 1996
20 Pramod Mahajan

(1949–2006)

16 May 1996 – 1 June 1996 Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
21 Mulayam Singh Yadav

(born 1939)

Mulayam Singh Yadav (28993165375).jpg 1 June 1996 – 19 March 1998 Samajwadi Party
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda

I. K. Gujral

22 George Fernandes

(1930–2019)

George Fernandes (cropped).jpg 19 March 1998 – 16 March 2001 Samata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
23 Jaswant Singh

(born 1938)

Jaswant Singh.jpg 16 March 2001 – 21 October 2001 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
(20) George Fernandes

(1930–2019)

George Fernandes (cropped).jpg 21 October 2001 – 22 May 2004 Samata Party
Janata Dal
(National Democratic Alliance)
24 Pranab Mukherjee

(born 1935)

Pranab Mukherjee-World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009 crop(2).jpg 22 May 2004 – 24 October 2006 Indian National Congress
(United Progressive Alliance)
Manmohan Singh
25 A.K. Antony

(born 1940)

A. K. Antony.jpg 24 October 2006 – 26 May 2014
26 Arun Jaitley

(born 1952)

Arun Jaitley, Minister.jpg 26 May 2014 – 9 November 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Narendra Modi
27 Manohar Parrikar

(1955-2019)

RM Manohar Parrikar.jpg 9 November 2014 – 13 March 2017
(24) Arun Jaitley

(born 1952)

Arun Jaitley, Minister.jpg 13 March 2017 – 3 September 2017
28 Nirmala Sitharaman

(born 1959)

Nirmala Sitharaman - 2018 (46166396231) (cropped).jpg 3 September 2017 –

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Ministry of Defence, List of Defence Ministers of India". Elections.in. Retrieved 13 February 2019.