Minister of Defence (India)

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Minister of Defence
(Raksha Mantri)
Emblem of India.svg
Manohar Parrikar (cropped).jpg
Manohar Parrikar

since 09 November 2014
Ministry of Defence
Style The Honourable
Appointer President on the advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Baldev Singh
Formation 2 September 1946

The Minister of Defence (or the Defence Minister) is the head of the Ministry of Defence of the Government of India. He is often assisted by a Minister of State for Defence and less-commonly, the lower-ranked Deputy Minister of Defence.

The first Defence Minister of independent India was Baldev Singh, who served in Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet during 1947–52. Manohar Parrikar of the Bharatiya Janata Party is the incumbent Defence Minister.

List of Defence Ministers[edit]

Name Portrait Term of office Political party
Prime Minister
Baldev Singh
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2 September 1946 1952 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
Kailash Nath Katju 1955 1957
V. K. Krishna Menon Krishna menon14.jpg 1957 1962
Yashwantrao Chavan 1962 1966 Jawaharlal Nehru
Lal Bahadur Shastri
Indira Gandhi
Sardar Swaran Singh 1966 1970 Indira Gandhi
Jagjivan Ram 1970 1974
Sardar Swaran Singh 1974 1975
Indira Gandhi Indira Gandhi 1977.jpg 1975 1975
Bansi Lal 21 December 1975 24 March 1977
Jagjivan Ram 24 March 1977 28 July 1979 Janata Party Morarji Desai
Chidambaram Subramaniam 28 July 1979 14 January 1980 Janata Party (Secular) Charan Singh
Indira Gandhi Indira Gandhi 1977.jpg 14 January 1980 1982 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
R. Venkataraman R Venkataraman.jpg 1982 1984
Shankarrao Chavan 1984 1984 Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
P. V. Narasimha Rao P V Narasimha Rao.png 1984 1985 Rajiv Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi Rajiv Gandhi (cropped).jpg 1985 1987
V. P. Singh V. P. Singh (cropped).jpg 1987 1987
K. C. Pant 1987 1989
V. P. Singh V. P. Singh (cropped).jpg 2 December 1989 10 November 1990 Janata Dal
(National Front)
V. P. Singh
Chandra Shekhar Chandra Shekhar (cropped).jpg 10 November 1990 26 June 1991 Samajwadi Janata Party
(National Front)
Chandra Shekhar
Sharad Pawar Sharad Pawar, Minister of AgricultureCrop.jpg 26 June 1991 6 March 1993 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
P. V. Narasimha Rao P V Narasimha Rao.png 6 March 1993 16 May 1996
Pramod Mahajan 16 May 1996 1 June 1996 Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Mulayam Singh Yadav 1 June 1996 19 March 1998 Samajwadi Party
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
George Fernandes George Fernandes (cropped).jpg 19 March 1998 2001 Samata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Jaswant Singh Jaswant Singh.jpg 2001 2001 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
George Fernandes George Fernandes (cropped).jpg 2001 22 May 2004 Samata Party
Janata Dal (United)
(National Democratic Alliance)
Pranab Mukherjee 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
A.K. Antony A. K. Antony.jpg 24 October 2006 26 May 2014
Arun Jaitley Arun Jaitley, Minister.jpg 26 May 2014 9 November 2014 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Narendra Modi
Manohar Parrikar Manohar Parrikar (portrait).jpg 9 November 2014 Incumbent

See also[edit]