Raisina: Through the years

Pratibha Devisingh Patil (2007- ): The first woman President, Patil's tenure was marred by several controversies. It was alleged that she had protected her brother froma murder case. It was also alleged that she had diverted funds from her MPLADS fund to a trust run by her husband. Her tenure will end on July 25, 2012. Express Photo
Pratibha Devisingh Patil (2007- ): The first woman President, Patil's tenure was marred by several controversies. It was alleged that she had protected her brother froma murder case. It was also alleged that she had diverted funds from her MPLADS fund to a trust run by her husband. Her tenure will end on July 25, 2012. Express Photo
APJ Abdul Kalam (2002-2007): The scientist and administrator, who oversaw India's missile and space programme, took over as President in 2002. Express Photo
APJ Abdul Kalam (2002-2007): The scientist and administrator, who oversaw India's missile and space programme, took over as President in 2002. Express Photo
Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1997-2002): The first Dalit and Malayali to be President, Narayanan took overas the tenth President in 1997. An independant and assertive President, he appointed a PM in a hung Parliament, dismissed a state government and imposed President's rule and oversaw India's defence during the Kargil conflict. He is also the first Indian President to vote when in office. Express Photo
Kocheril Raman Narayanan (1997-2002): The first Dalit and Malayali to be President, Narayanan took overas the tenth President in 1997. An independant and assertive President, he appointed a PM in a hung Parliament, dismissed a state government and imposed President's rule and oversaw India's defence during the Kargil conflict. He is also the first Indian President to vote when in office. Express Photo
Shankar Dayal Sharma (1992-1997): This lawyer holds to his credit several portfolios as a cabinet minister - Education, Law, Communications, Public Works, Industry and Commerce, National Resources and Separate Revenue. He has served as Chief Minister and Vice President, before he turned to the top post. Express Photo
Shankar Dayal Sharma (1992-1997): This lawyer holds to his credit several portfolios as a cabinet minister - Education, Law, Communications, Public Works, Industry and Commerce, National Resources and Separate Revenue. He has served as Chief Minister and Vice President, before he turned to the top post. Express Photo
Ramaswamy Venkataraman (1987-1992): Another lawyer in office, Venkataraman was part of the constituent assembly which drafted the Indian constitution. He has also served as the Minister of Finance, industries and defence and is credited with bringing APJ Abdul Kalam to the missile programme. Express Photo
Ramaswamy Venkataraman (1987-1992): Another lawyer in office, Venkataraman was part of the constituent assembly which drafted the Indian constitution. He has also served as the Minister of Finance, industries and defence and is credited with bringing APJ Abdul Kalam to the missile programme. Express Photo
Zail Singh (1982-1987): The seventh President of India served at the time of deep political turmoil - his term was marked by Operation Blue Star, Indira Gandhi's assassination and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He also appointed Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister. Express Photo
Zail Singh (1982-1987): The seventh President of India served at the time of deep political turmoil - his term was marked by Operation Blue Star, Indira Gandhi's assassination and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He also appointed Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister. Express Photo
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (1982-1987): Known to be too independant, Reddy had lost the election earlier to Giri, even though he was the then Congress candidate. When he was elected President in 1977, he made history on two counts - he was the youngest President and the only unanimous President of India up to now. Express Photo
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy (1982-1987): Known to be too independant, Reddy had lost the election earlier to Giri, even though he was the then Congress candidate. When he was elected President in 1977, he made history on two counts - he was the youngest President and the only unanimous President of India up to now. Express Photo
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1974-1977): A lawyer by profession, Ahmed was picked for Presidency by Indira Gandhi in 1974. He is known to have signed Gandhi's emergency proclamation in 1975 and is also the second President to have died in office. Express Photo
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed (1974-1977): A lawyer by profession, Ahmed was picked for Presidency by Indira Gandhi in 1974. He is known to have signed Gandhi's emergency proclamation in 1975 and is also the second President to have died in office. Express Photo
Varahagiri Venkata Giri (1969-1974): VV Giri took over after Hussain died in office in 1969. Heavily involved in the labour movement, Giri was the minister of labour, apart from serving as governor for three different states, before he became the third Vice President. Express Photo
Varahagiri Venkata Giri (1969-1974): VV Giri took over after Hussain died in office in 1969. Heavily involved in the labour movement, Giri was the minister of labour, apart from serving as governor for three different states, before he became the third Vice President. Express Photo
Zakir Hussain (1967-1969): The first elected Muslim President of India served in the top post till his demise on May 3, 1969. The academician founded the National Muslim University in Aligarh, which later shifted to Delhi and became Jamia Milia Islamia. Express Photo
Zakir Hussain (1967-1969): The first elected Muslim President of India served in the top post till his demise on May 3, 1969. The academician founded the National Muslim University in Aligarh, which later shifted to Delhi and became Jamia Milia Islamia. Express Photo
Dr Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1962-1967): The academician and philosopher took over as the second President after serving as Vice President for a decade. Express Photo
Dr Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1962-1967): The academician and philosopher took over as the second President after serving as Vice President for a decade. Express Photo
Rajendra Prasad (1950-1962): The first President of India, assumed office on January 26, 1950. He is the only President in Indian history to have been elected to the office twice. Express Photo
Rajendra Prasad (1950-1962): The first President of India, assumed office on January 26, 1950. He is the only President in Indian history to have been elected to the office twice. Express Photo

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