List of Defence Ministers of Independent India

List of Defence Ministers of Independent India

List of Defence Ministers of Independent India

Jai Hind, Warriors! India, in this article we have provided you all the defence minister of India after Independence. India has witnessed many wars and Counter-Insurgency Terror Operations and defence minister that time have played crucial role in making the decision. This post is also important from SSB point of view. Interviewing officer may ask you about the defence ministers of India. Currently Ministry of Defence (MoD) is headed by Shri Rajnath Singh of BJP.


S.No

Name
From
To
Party
1

Baldev Singh
Sep 2, 1946
1952
Indian National Congress
2

Kailash Nath Katju
1955
1957
Indian National Congress
3

V. K. Krishna Menon
1957
1962
Indian National Congress
4

Yashwantrao Chavan
1962
1966
Indian National Congress
5

Sardar Swaran Singh
1966
1970
Indian National Congress
6

Jagjivan Ram
1970
1974
Indian National Congress
7

Sardar Swaran Singh
1974
1975
Indian National Congress
8

Indira Gandhi
1975
1975
Indian National Congress
9

Bansi Lal
Dec 21, 1975
Mar 24, 1977
Indian National Congress
10

Jagjivan Ram
Mar 24, 1977
Jul 28, 1979
Janata Party
11

Chidambaram Subramaniam
Jul 28, 1979
Jan 14, 1980
Janata Party
12

Indira Gandhi
Jan 14, 1980
1982
Indian National Congress
13

R. Venkataraman
1982
1984
Indian National Congress
14

Shankarrao Chavan
1984
1984
Indian National Congress
15

P. V. Narasimha Rao
1984
1985
Indian National Congress
16

Rajiv Gandhi
1985
1987
Indian National Congress
17

V. P. Singh
1987
1987
Indian National Congress
18

K. C. Pant
1987
1989
Indian National Congress
19

V. P. Singh
Dec 2, 1989
Nov 10, 1990
Janata Dal
20

Chandra Shekhar
Nov 10, 1990
Jun 26, 1991
Samajwadi Janata Party
21

Sharad Pawar
Jun 26, 1991
Mar 6, 1993
Indian National Congress
22

P. V. Narasimha Rao
Mar 6, 1993
May 16, 1996
Indian National Congress
23

Pramod Mahajan
May 16, 1996
Jun 1, 1996
Bharatiya Janata Party
24

Mulayam Singh Yadav
Jun 1, 1996
Mar 19, 1998
Samajwadi Party
25

George Fernandes
Mar 19, 1998
2001
Samata Party
26

Jaswant Singh
2001
2001
Bharatiya Janata Party
27

George Fernandes
2001
May 22, 2004
Samata Party
28

Pranab Mukherjee
May 22, 2004
Oct 24, 2006
Indian National Congress
29

A.K. Antony
Oct 24, 2006
May 26, 2014
Indian National Congress
30

Arun Jaitley
May 27, 2014
Nov 10, 2014
Bharatiya Janata Party
31

Manohar Parrikar
Nov 10, 2014
13 March 2017
Bharatiya Janata Party
32

Nirmala Sitharaman 
3 September 2017  31 May 2019

Bharatiya Janata Party
33

Rajnath Singh
31 May 2019 – Present

Bharatiya Janata Party








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