Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Best 5 Prime Ministers of India

Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  1. Foreign Policy: Vajpayee's foreign policy successes are many. He led India to a victory over Pakistan in 1999 in Kargil and more importantly, he US began to recognize India's position against Pakistan. Relations with China also normalised.
  2. Economy: The economy stabilised by the time he took over in 1999 and started an unbelievable growth trajectory. He firmly supported disinvestment, but not blind privatisation. As Manmohan Singh said at a recent rally, the economy grew at 5.6% during the Vajpayee tenure, indeed a very impressive growth rate.
  3. Home Affairs: This is where the Vajpayee Government had its failures. It failed to check the VHP's protests in 2002 in order to celebrate the demolition of the Babri Masjid. He also failed to take any concrete action against Narendra Modi's Government. You may argue that he upheld democracy by allowing the people to judge - and it thus remains debatable wher you can blame him.
  4. Biggest Embarassment: The Tehelka scandal rocked his ministry and the Coffin scandal involving George Fernandes portrayed his ministry as quite corrupt.
  5. Biggest Advantage: He's a 10 time Lok Sabha member and has won the "Best Parliamentarian" award. I am pleased to put a distinguished parliamentarian on top of this list.
Jawaharlal Nehru
  1. Foreign Policy:Jawaharlal Nehru's foreign policy was flawed beyond repair. His Non-Aligned Movement and more importantly, his blind trust of China exploded in his later years. Problems that he created (like Kashmir) haunt India till this day.
  2. Economy: The Indian economy under Nehru was rebuilding itself. The foundations laid by Nehru were strong enough to sustain India through a lot of dangerous periods. Food security also improved vastly and industrial growth also remained consistent.
  3. Home Affairs: Democracy took deep roots under Nehru. All institution of independent and democratic India (the courts, the army, the police) were set up and remain strong till this day. If India has survived till this day, a lot of credit goes to Nehru for letting democracy take off in India.
  4. Biggest Embarassment: The defeat to China will remain forever to portray Nehru's later years as weak and incompetent.
  5. Biggest Success: DEMOCRACY !!
Manmohan Singh
  1. Foreign Policy: His single biggest foreign policy success remains the Indo-US Nuclear Deal.
  2. Economy: The biggest challenge for the Indian economy ever took place in his tenure. The economy still maintained a 6-7% growth rate and never went into recession. Two stimuli packages were announced and a slew of other measures taken. Though the Left clipped his wings, he still managed to bring stability to the economy.
  3. Home Affairs: Terrorism marked his tenure. The rapidity of attacks increased. Thrice in Delhi, twice in Mumbai - and the Government failed to take any measures. It reached a peak in 2008, only after which the Government removed the Home Minister. It is noticeable that since P Chidambaram took over, only 1 terrorist attack took place.
  4. Biggest Embarassment: The presence of inefficient and often corrupt ministers like Shibu Soren in his cabinet and the ruckus created during the trust vote marred his credentials.
  5. Biggest Advantage: A clean image remains his USP. He's slowly being recognized as a man of clean politics.

Indira Gandhi
  1. Foreign Policy:Indira Gandhi scores highest on foreign policy. She led India to a victory over Pakistan in 1971 and captured 1 lakh Prisoners of War. She presided over India's first nuclear explosion and stood tall before Nixon. She withstood US ire and still managed to reinstill the sense of national pride. It should be noted that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the one who called her "Durga" after the Bangladesh liberation.
  2. Economy: The economy was a problem during most of Indira Gandhi's tenure. She began with a huge economic crisis and the country went through cycles of deflation and inflation. However, the green revolution that she presided over has ensured India's food security till date.
  3. Home Affairs: Indira Gandhi could have been on top of the list just that I am not comfortable with the idea of putting on top a person who didn't believe full-heartedly in democracy. A Prime Minister has got to respect democracy. But declaring Emergency and by turning the Congress into a sycophants' club, Indira Gandhi left a very bad legacy for democracy in India.
  4. Biggest Embarassment: The emergency will continue to define her. All those who say she's the best Prime Minister India had should remember that had the Army not refused to be part of her scheme, our democracy might have been endangered.
  5. Biggest Advantage: She seems to have been destiny's child. Despite the emergency, she remained so popular with the masses.
V P Singh
  1. Foreign Policy:He really didn't have much time to formulate a definite foreign policy
  2. Economy: The economy was heading towards dire straits, but you can't blame VP Singh for it. It was rather the policies followed since the 1970s that resulted in the problem.
  3. Home Affairs: VP Singh was a man against corruption. He was removed from the Congress for unearthing corruption in the Government and led to the defeat of Rajiv Gandhi in 1989. However, the Mandal politics unearthed by him haunts India till this date. He is the grand daddy of vote bank politics.
  4. Biggest Embarassment: The Mandal report was tabled in his tenure. Whether it was due to demanding allies or to polarise votes only VP Singh knows.
  5. Biggest Advantage:He was seen as a man against corruption
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Anooj said...

How come you left out Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri? He should have been in the list instead of VP Singh. Also note that the Green Revolution was his idea, not that of Indira Gandhi's.

Also how about Shri PV Narasimha Rao? Its he (& MMS ofcourse) who brought about the economic liberalisation in India which laid the foundation for Shri ABV to build on.

tini said...

Ranjiv Gamdhi is best PM for India so far.

- His vision in technology and education put India on @1st century

- He is founder of persons like Dr. Manmohan Singh - He put him as RBI governer as his time.

- He is founder of persons like SAm Pitroda who brings many technological achievements

- He has seen vision of India as a technological powerful nation in 21st century.

Per me he is the best PM of India.

tini said...

Ranjiv Gamdhi is best PM for India so far.

- His vision in technology and education put India on @1st century

- He is founder of persons like Dr. Manmohan Singh - He put him as RBI governer as his time.

- He is founder of persons like SAm Pitroda who brings many technological achievements

- He has seen vision of India as a technological powerful nation in 21st century.

Per me he is the best PM of India.

Anonymous said...

Atal ji is the best Prime minister India can ever had......
Atal ji you are the best.....

Anonymous said...

If there is a direct election for PM then Atal ji Definitely ruled the country for 15years

subrat said...

leader of the century is Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Anonymous said...

ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE - NO OTHER CAN COMPETE ATAL JI

Anonymous said...

ATAL JI AGAR AAP AAJ HEALTHY HOTE TO JITNE MAJE AAJ KI SARKAAR LE RAHI HAI NA AB TAK TO MANMOHAN SINGH KI SARKAR GIR JATI - I WISH SOMEONE LIKE ATAL JI AND APJ ABDUL KALAM (WHAT A COMBINATION)WILL BECOME THE PRIME MINISTER AND PRESIDENT OF INDIA - I AM LUCKY THAT I HAVE SEEN THOSE PEOPLE

chinmayananda padhy said...

You have neglected the chanakya/king maker of Congress who gave his valuable contribution for all congress PMs including Neheru, and when he became the PM he changed the indian economic condition and to support his effort he brought down Dr. Manmohan Singh(@tini..U r perhaps wrong in saying Rajiv Gandhi brought Manmohan Singh). Today, we are in a roboust economy due to Narishma Rao. See today Manmohan singh is PM but he is helpless because he is very good economist but not an administrator.
In my research, I found Neheru, Lal Bahadur Sashtri, Narishma Rao as the best PMs, but still among them Narishma Rao counted to be best because he was the man behind all policy since Neheru regime it self.
So, Please do not neglect this real hero of modern india..The only great strategist India has got as Prime Minister and no one else(except Lal bahadur sashtri and Neheru to some extent)..Rest all PMs are simply political leaders and nothing else

chinmayananda padhy said...

You did a wrong by adding Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Atal Bihari Bajpayee as best PMs of India. What Indira has done was quite detrimental for the future of India and what Rajiv Gandhi has done was quite imature. But, Narishma Rao was the real strategist behind the scene who could do all wonder as great modern india when he got the power of PM. The most crucial credit to Narishma Rao goes as he rescued from a worst situation that is facing by African Countries today.
If Narishma Rao would not come to power that darkest period of Indian economy, then perhaps today India would be as good as poorest of poor like african countries.
So let's not do the blunder by neglecting this real hero from history of Indian PMs. I salute his endeavorer.

Anonymous said...

PVN was the best PM given the conditions in which he was offered that position considered most unenviable. He was the architect of economic reforms. It was a political decision. Doing away with the age old socialist economic policies and ushering in a new thought process requires lot of political guts for a person with no dynastic charm.MMS unashamedly claims all the credit for himself. He never developed a cotery, never encouraged sycophancy and never bowed his head to the Family. He brought peace to Punjab and Assam. He was a scholar, multi linguist (14 languages)simple, honest and humble. MMS denied his political mentor a decent cremation and memorial at Delhi and sent packing his dead body to Hyderabad imposing humiliation on the dead body just please Sonia and so save his PM's job

Rahul said...

pelase remove Name of Manmohan singh he is not deserve on this list....

spitfire said...

Dude, I seriously doubt the qualification of VP Singh and Manmohan Singh for this list. I think Manmohan should top the list of worst PMs. How could you overlook Lal Bahadur Shastri? Anyway, here's my list: 1)L.B Shastri 2)A.B Vajapayee 3) Indira Gandhi 4)P.V Narasimha Rao 5) Rajiv Gandhi (I'm opting Rajiv since I could find none of the remaining for the 5th place)

monsieur gris said...

Since this article was written, I believe much has changed, and that would affect where Manmohan Singh would be placed.

Anonymous said...

For all those praising Nasimha Rao,.. please note that in 1991 the Soviet union had collapsed! So it was basically a necessary to open up the indian market and change the indian policies on finance, we were merely following what the our closest allies, the Russian were doen, so the policy chose by Nasimha Rao was a necessity and nothng els

chandra mauli said...

atalji the best pm of india he is legend for ever .

Anonymous said...

Atalji the best one of the five

Anonymous said...

Atalji the best one of the five PMs

Anonymous said...

Best is the Atalji and Worst is the MaunMohan

Anubhav Mishra said...

Atalji is the best PM.

MOHARANA ROYCHOUDHURY(Dhiman) said...

Atal ji is best prime minister ever in India.

MOHARANA ROYCHOUDHURY(Dhiman) said...

Atal ji is best prime minister till date in India

MOHARANA ROYCHOUDHURY(Dhiman) said...

Atal ji is best prime minister for india

Ajay Pashankar said...

I Think Lal Bahadur Shastriji Was the Best ever Prime Minister of India
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vijay k said...

p.v.narsimha rao,then atal ji,these two are the best.

Advesh Consultancy Services said...

I tend to agree but I will put Nehru above Vajpayee for two reasons. The first as you had mentioned is the institution of Democracy he built in spite of great charisma he had.It was his deep faith in democracy that helped India to wither the turbulent emergency period. next is his faith in building technology and science. He kept Atomic Research under him directly and motivated people like Baba. His vision is helping India today. Vajpayee, I would rate him as number for his attempts to amend the mistakes done by Nehru in Foreign policies.