Presidents of India

Presidents of India - Bhartiya Rashtrapati

The President of India is the head of state and first citizen of India. President is popularly known in Hindi as Rashtrapati, a Sanskrit neologism meaning "lord of the realm".The President is also the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Armed Forces. Although the president is vested such powers by the constitution of India, the position is largely a ceremonial role and the executive powers are de facto exercised by the Cabinet Ministers and Prime Minister.

The President is elected by the Electoral College composed of elected members of the parliament houses, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, and also members of the Vidhan Sabha, the state legislative assemblies. Though the President of India is a constituent part of Parliament, he does not sit or participate in the discussions in either of the two Houses. There are certain constitutional functions which he has to perform with respect to Parliament.

The President may remain in office for a tenure of five years, as stated by article 56, part V, of the constitution of India. In the case where a president's term of office is terminated early or during the absence of the president, the vice president assumes office. The President may be removed before the expiry of the term through impeachment. A President can be removed for violation of the Constitution of India.

Eligibilty Creteria :

  • A citizen of India
  • 35 years of age or above
  • Qualified to become a member of the Lok Sabha
  • A person shall not be eligible for election as President if he holds any office of profit under the Government of India or the Government of any State or under any local or other authority subject to the control of any of the said Governments.
  • Certain office-holders, however, are permitted to stand as Presidential candidates. These are:
    The current Vice President.
    The Governor of any State.
    A Minister of the Union or of any State (Including Prime Minister and Chief Ministers).

Constitutional functions of the President :

  • The President invites the leader of the majority party to form the Government after a new Lok Sabha is duly elected.
  • The President nominates 12 members of the Rajya Sabha and has the right to nominate two members from the Anglo Indian community to the Lok Sabha if they are under-represented.
  • On the advice of the Executive, the President summons the two Houses of Parliament to meet from time to time.
  • The President has the power to call both Houses for a joint sitting in case a dispute arises over passing a Bill. In the joint sitting, the matter is decided by majority vote.
  • The President has the right to address either or both Houses of Parliament.
  • The President has the power to discontinue a session in the two Houses and dissolve the Lok Sabha.
  • The President has the power to appoint the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chairman of Rajya Sabha on an interim basis.
  • The President has to agree to sign a Bill before it can become a law.
  • If the Houses are not in session, the President can enact or promulgate Ordinances  having the same validity as a law passed in Parliament.

List of Presidents of India:

  President Name Office Tenure
Dr. Rajendra Prasad - 1st President of India Dr.Rajendra Prasad Jan. 26, 1950 to May 13, 1962
Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan - 2nd President of India Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan May 13, 1962 to May 13, 1967
Dr. Zakir Husain - 3rd President of India  Dr.Zakir Husain May 13, 1967 to May 3, 1969
Varahagiri Venkata Giri - Acting President of India Varahagiri Venkata Giri May 3, 1969 to July 20, 1969(acting)
Justice Hidayatulla - Acting President of India Justice Mohammed Hidayatullah July 20, 1969 to August 24, 1969(acting)
Varahagiri Venkata Giri - 4th President of India Varahagiri Venkata Giri August 24, 1969 to August 24, 1974
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmedi - 5th President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed August 24, 1974 to Feb. 11, 1977
B D Jatti - Acting President of India B.D.Jatti Feb. 12, 1977 to July 25, 1977(acting)
Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy- 6th President of India Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy July 25, 1977 to July 25, 1982
Giani Zail Singh - 7th President of India Giani Zail Singh July 25, 1982 to July 25, 1987
R. Venkataraman - 8th President of India R.Venkataraman July 25, 1987 to July 25, 1992
Dr. Sankar Dayal Sharma - 9th President of India Dr.Shanker Dayal Sharma July 25, 1992 to July 25, 1997
K R Narayanan - 10th President of India K. R. Narayanan July 25, 1997 - July 25, 2002
Dr. A P J Kalam - 11th President of India Abdul Kalam July 25, 2002 - July 25, 2007
Smt. Pratibha Patil - 12th President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil July 25, 2007 - July 25, 2012
Dr. Pranav Mukherji - 13th President of India Pranab Mukherji July 25, 2012 - till date