India has gained Independence from the British in 1947 and since then more than 14 Prime ministers have been at the helm. It is the world’s largest democracy and the seventh largest country in the world, diverse in nature as well which makes it not an easy place to govern. Rarely has a singly political party has been in charge and the governance has always been done by complex and unstable coalitions in the past. No Prime Minister has had a perfect term in office and it is practically impossible to continue development at all sides and make everyone happy. Still the three of these prime ministers stand out from the rest and deserved to called as the best prime ministers this country has ever had.

1. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee was India’s tenth prime minister and was the first one outside the Congress Party to serve a full five-year term at office. This was a major achievement and laid a foundation and belief that India could have a non-Congress party at office. He was the prime Minister from 1998 to 2004 and it was during his term that India’s policy towards it neighbors and other nations underwent a major change for the good. It was under Vajpayee that significant development among the poor and farmers were noticed and a vast project to connect different cities of India via road was undertaken by him. Major attention was given to strengthen the country’s defense, with development of nuclear tests and missils showing the world that India had become a nuclear power.

2. Lal Bahadur Shastri

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Lal bahadur Shastri was one of Jawaharlal Nehru’s principal lieutenants and served the country first as the railways minister, home minister and then as the prime minister between 1964 and 1966. He was the first to coin the phrase ‘Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan’ which acknowledged the contribution of the farmers towards producing and feeding the huge population of India and the Indian soldier which safeguard the defense of his motherland. He oversaw the establishment of Hindi as the country’s official language and promised English to be as well for the non-Hindi Speaking Southern states. He is also credited with initiating the White revolution, which aimed at increasing the production and supply of milk throughout the country. He also promoted the Green Revolution, to take care of acute food shortages and boost production of crops. The Food Corporation of India was also set up by him.

3. Jawaharlal Nehru

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Nehru was the country’s first prime minister and held office from 1947 to his death in 1964. He set on course on developing a stable democracy for India, helped developing the longest constitution in the world and implemented it. He also encouraged secularism very strongly and went on devise policies which made way for people from the so called lower castes and other religions to get equal chances to develop and prosper. Although he did not pursue the right economic policies, the country took its first baby steps towards industrialization which enabled India to open up its economy to the world later.