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Minister of Home Affairs (India)


Minister of Home Affairs (India)

Minister of Home Affairs
(Griha Mantri)
Rajnath Singh

sinceĀ 26 May 2014
Ministry of Home Affairs
Style The Honourable
Appointer President on the advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Formation 2 September 1946

The Minister of Home Affairs (or simply, the Home Minister) is the head of the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of India. One of the senior-most offices in the Union Cabinet, the chief responsibility of the Home Minister is the maintenance of India's internal security; the country's large police force comes under his ambit. Occasionally, he is assisted by the Minister of State of Home Affairs and the lower-ranked Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.

Ever since the time of independent India's first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the office has been seen as second in seniority only to the Prime Minister in the Union Cabinet. Like Patel, several Home Ministers have since held the additional portfolio of Deputy Prime Minister.

Since 26 May 2014, the Home Minister of India is Rajnath Singh of the Bhartiya Janta Party, taking over the reins from Sushilkumar Shinde.


  • List of Home Ministers 1
  • Ministers of State of Home Affairs 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

List of Home Ministers

Name Portrait Term of office Political party
Prime Minister
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel 2 September 1946 15 December 1950 Indian National Congress Jawaharlal Nehru
C. Rajagopalachari 26 December 1950 25 October 1951
Kailash Nath Katju 1951 1955
Govind Ballabh Pant 10 January 1955 7 March 1961
Lal Bahadur Shastri 4 April 1961 29 August 1963
Gulzarilal Nanda 29 August 1963 14 November 1966 Jawaharlal Nehru
Lal Bahadur Shastri
Indira Gandhi
Yashwantrao Chavan 14 November 1966 27 June 1970 Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi 27 June 1970 4 February 1973
Uma Shankar Dikshit 4 February 1973 1974
Kasu Brahmananda Reddy 1974 24 March 1977
Charan Singh 24 March 1977 1 July 1978 Janata Party Morarji Desai
Morarji Desai 1 July 1978 28 July 1979
Yashwantrao Chavan 28 July 1979 14 January 1980 Janata Party (Secular) Charan Singh
Giani Zail Singh 14 January 1980 22 June 1982 Indian National Congress Indira Gandhi
R. Venkataraman 22 June 1982 2 September 1982
Prakash Chandra Sethi 2 September 1982 19 July 1984
P. V. Narasimha Rao 19 July 1984 31 December 1984 Indira Gandhi
Rajiv Gandhi
Shankarrao Chavan 31 December 1984 12 March 1986 Rajiv Gandhi
P. V. Narasimha Rao 12 March 1986 12 May 1986
Sardar Buta Singh 12 May 1986 2 December 1989
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed 1989 10 November 1990 Janata Dal
(National Front)
V. P. Singh
Chandra Shekhar 10 November 1990 21 June 1991 Samajwadi Janata Party
(National Front)
Shankarrao Chavan 21 June 1991 16 May 1996 Indian National Congress P. V. Narasimha Rao
Murli Manohar Joshi 16 May 1996 1 June 1996 Bharatiya Janata Party Atal Bihari Vajpayee
H.D. Deve Gowda 1 June 1996 29 June 1996 Janata Dal
(United Front)
Indrajit Gupta 29 June 1996 19 March 1998 Communist Party of India
(United Front)
H. D. Deve Gowda
I. K. Gujral
L. K. Advani 19 March 1998 22 May 2004 Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Shivraj Patil 22 May 2004 30 November 2008 Indian National Congress
(United Progressive Alliance)
Manmohan Singh
P. Chidambaram 30 November 2008 31 July 2012
Sushilkumar Shinde 31 July 2012 26 May 2014
Rajnath Singh 26 May 2014 Incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party
(National Democratic Alliance)
Narendra Modi

Ministers of State of Home Affairs

Name Term of office Political Party Prime Minister Minister of Home Affairs
Subodh Kant Sahay[1] April 1990 November 1990 Janata Dal
National Front
V. P. Singh Mufti Mohammed Sayeed
Shriprakash Jaiswal[2] 23 May 2004 2009 Indian National Congress
United Progressive Alliance
Manmohan Singh Shivraj Patil
P. Chidambaram
R. P. N. Singh[3] 28 October 2012 26 May 2014 Indian National Congress
United Progressive Alliance
Manmohan Singh Sushilkumar Shinde
Kiren Rijiju 26 May 2014 Incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party
National Democratic Alliance
Narendra Modi Rajnath Singh


  1. ^ Fifteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Sahai, Shri Subodh Kant
  2. ^ Fifteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Jaiswal, Shri Sriprakash
  3. ^ Fifteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Singh, Shri Ratanjit Pratap Narain

External links

  • Home Ministry, Govt. of India
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