Spouse of the Prime Minister of India

Spouse of the Prime Minister of India
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Incumbent
Jashodaben
Residence7, Lok Kalyan Marg
First holderLakshmi Nanda (acting)
Lalita Shastri
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The Spouse of the Prime Minister of India is the wife or husband of the Prime Minister of India. The term "First Spouse" is used to refer to either the spouse of the Prime Minister or the President[citation needed]. The Prime Minister's spouse does not have an officially defined role. According to protocol, they attend social functions and gatherings at home and overseas, but have no participatory role.[1]

To date there have been 10 women and one man who have been married to Prime Ministers whilst in office. India has also had one bachelor, one estranged, one widow, and two widower Prime Ministers.

List[edit]

Name Date of birth Date of marriage Prime Minister Tenure began Tenure ended Date of death and age
1 Kamala Nehru.jpg Kamala Nehru[a] 1 August 1899 1916 Jawaharlal Nehru 15 August 1947 27 May 1964 28 February 1936
Lakshmi Nanda Gulzarilal Nanda (acting) 27 May 1964 9 June 1964
11 January 1966 24 January 1966
2 Lalita Shastri 16 May 1928 Lal Bahadur Shastri 9 June 1964 11 January 1966 1993
3 Feroze Gandhi before 1950s.jpg Feroze Gandhi [b] Indira Gandhi 24 January 1966 24 March 1977
14 January 1980 31 October 1984
4 Gujraben Desai 1911 Morarji Desai 24 March 1977 28 July 1979
5 Gayatri Singh Charan Singh 28 July 1979 14 January 1980
6 Sonia Gandhi (cropped).jpg Sonia Gandhi (1946-12-09)9 December 1946 1968 Rajiv Gandhi 31 October 1984 2 December 1989
7 Sita Kumari Singh V. P. Singh 2 December 1989 10 November 1990
8 Duja Devi Chandra Shekhar 10 November 1990 21 June 1991
9 Satyamma Rao[c] P. V. Narasimha Rao 21 June 1991 16 May 1996 1970
unmarried[d] Atal Bihari Vajpayee 16 May 1996 1 June 1996
19 March 1998 19 May 2004
10 Chennamma Deve Gowda H. D. Deve Gowda 1 June 1996 21 April 1997
11 Sheila Gujral 24 January 1924 26 May 1945 I. K. Gujral 21 April 1997 19 March 1998 11 July 2011[2]
12 Gursharan Kaur.jpg Gursharan Kaur 13 September 1937 1958 Manmohan Singh 22 May 2004 26 May 2014
13 Jashodaben Narendrabhai Modi painted.jpg Jashodaben (estranged) 1952 1968 Narendra Modi 26 May 2014 Incumbent

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Kamala Nehru, wife of Jawaharlal Nehru, died in 1936. Nehru's daughter Indira Gandhi served as a hostess during his tenure.[1]
  2. ^ Feroze Gandhi, husband of Indira Gandhi, died in 1960. Her son, Sanjay Gandhi, served as host during her tenure.
  3. ^ Satyamma Rao, the wife of P. V. Narasimha Rao, died in 1970. No known hostess has served during Rao's term.
  4. ^ Vajpayee's foster daughter Namita Vajpayee served as the hostess during official functions.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Doval, Nikita (2015-08-21). "India's missing first spouses". Live Mint. Retrieved 2015-10-25.
  2. ^ "Sheila Gujral passes away". The Hindu. PTI. 2011-07-12. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2019-11-10.CS1 maint: others (link)