The list of Foreign Ministers of India is a long and illustrious one, with many notable personalities having held the position over the years. Some of the most prominent names include Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, and Sushma Swaraj, among others. Each of these individuals has left their own unique mark on India’s foreign policy, and their contributions are still remembered and celebrated today.
India has seen many foreign ministers since of independence of India in 1947 and each foreign minister has their own importance in building India’s foreign policy. Here we bring you the complete Foreign Ministers of India list along with their basic details such as term of office, tenure and political party name with which they were associated.
Jawahar Lal Nehru became the 1st Foreign Minister of India & served for more than 16 years. Famous personalities like Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, I.K Gujral, Chandra Shekhar, Jaswant Singh, Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee, Sushma Swaraj, S. Jaishankar also served as the foreign minister of India. In this article, we will describe some of the most interesting information about our foreign ministers.
List of Foreign Ministers of India
Here is the complete list of foreign ministers in India from the year 1947 to 2022:-
|Name||Term of Office||Tenure||Party Name|
|Jawaharlal Nehru||15 August 1947 to 27 May 1964||16 years, 286 days||Indian National Congress|
|Gulzarilal Nanda||27 May 1964 to 9 June 1964||13 days||Indian National Congress|
|Lal Bahadur Shastri||9 June 1964 to 17 July 1964||38 days||Indian National Congress|
|Swaran Singh||18 July 1964 to 14 November 1966||2 years, 119 days||Indian National Congress|
|M. C. Chagla||14 November 1966 to 5 September 1967||295 days||Indian National Congress|
|Indira Gandhi||6 September 1967 to 13 February 1969||1 year, 160 days||Indian National Congress|
|Dinesh Singh||14 February 1969 to 27 June 1970||1 year, 133 days||Indian National Congress|
|Swaran Singh||27 June 1970 to 10 October 1974||4 years, 105 days||Indian National Congress|
|Yashwantrao Chavan||10 October 1974 to 24 March 1977||2 years, 165 days||Indian National Congress|
|Atal Bihari Vajpayee||26 March 1977 to 28 July 1979||2 years, 124 days||Janata Party|
|Shyam Nandan Prasad Mishra||28 July 1979 to 14 January 1980||170 days||Janata Party (Secular)|
|P. V. Narasimha Rao||14 January 1980 to 19 July 1984||4 years, 187 days||Indian National Congress|
|Indira Gandhi||19 July 1984 to 31 October 1984||104 days||Indian National Congress|
|Rajiv Gandhi||31 October 1984 to 24 September 1985||328 days||Indian National Congress|
|Bali Ram Bhagat||25 September 1985 to 12 May 1986||230 days||Indian National Congress|
|P. Shiv Shankar||12 May 1986 to 22 October 1986||163 days||Indian National Congress|
|N. D. Tiwari||22 October 1986 to 25 July 1987||276 days||Indian National Congress|
|Rajiv Gandhi||25 July 1987 to 25 June 1988||336 days||Indian National Congress|
|P. V. Narasimha Rao||25 June 1988 to 2 December 1989||1 year, 160 days||Indian National Congress|
|V. P. Singh||2 December 1989 to 5 December 1989||3 days||Janata Dal|
|I. K. Gujral||5 December 1989 to 10 November 1990||340 days||Janata Dal|
|Chandra Shekhar||10 November 1990 to 21 November 1990||11 days||Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya)|
|Vidya Charan Shukla||21 November 1990 to 20 February 1991||91 days||Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya)|
|Chandra Shekhar||20 February 1991 to 21 June 1991||121 days||Samajwadi Janata Party (Rashtriya)|
|Madhavsinh Solanki||21 June 1991 to 31 March 1992||284 days||Indian National Congress|
|P. V. Narasimha Rao||31 March 1992 to 18 January 1993||293 days||Indian National Congress|
|Dinesh Singh||18 January 1993 to 10 February 1995||2 years, 23 days||Indian National Congress|
|Pranab Mukherjee||10 February 1995 to 16 May 1996||1 year, 96 days||Indian National Congress|
|Sikander Bakht||21 May 1996 to 1 June 1996||11 days||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|I. K. Gujral||1 June 1996 to 18 March 1998||1 year, 291 days||Janata Dal|
|Atal Bihari Vajpayee||19 March 1998 to 5 December 1998||261 days||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Jaswant Singh||5 December 1998 to 1 July 2002||3 years, 208 days||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Yashwant Sinha||1 July 2002 to 22 May 2004||1 year, 326 days||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Natwar Singh||22 May 2004 to 6 November 2005||1 year, 168 days||Indian National Congress|
|Manmohan Singh||6 November 2005 to 24 October 2006||352 days||Indian National Congress|
|Pranab Mukherjee||24 October 2006 to 22 May 2009||2 years, 210 days||Indian National Congress|
|S. M. Krishna||22 May 2009 to 26 October 2012||3 years, 157 days||Indian National Congress|
|Salman Khurshid||28 October 2012 to 26 May 2014||1 year, 210 days||Indian National Congress|
|Sushma Swaraj||26 May 2014 to 30 May 2019||5 years, 4 days||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Subrahmanyam Jaishankar||30 May 2019-Incumbent||3 years, 28 days||Bharatiya Janata Party|
Foreign Ministers of India – FAQ’s
Who was the first foreign minister of India
Jawahar Lal Nehru was the first foreign minister of independent India.
What was the tenure of Sushma Swaraj as Foreign Minister
Sushma Swaraj became the foreign minister from 26 May 2014 to 30 May 2019 and her tenure in office was 5 years 4 days.
Who is the longest serving foreign minister of India
Jawahar Lal Nehru from 15 August 1947 to 27 May 1964 (16 years, 286 days).
Who is the shortest serving foreign minister of India
V.P. Singh from 2 December 1989 to 5 December 1989 (3 days).
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