What make the country so great are their people. There are many people who have served our nation and they have served with pride and honor and have made it worth living. There are many of them who influenced the people, especially the youth to a great extent making them think and act. There are simply two kinds of influences one is bad and the other one is good. It is always easy to get influenced by the bad as it is damn easy, but getting influenced by the good is a little difficult. As rightly said by Megan Whalen a Psychologist that – “sometimes, if you want to change a man’s mind, you have to change the mind of the man next to him first.” This is very true. The country has been functioning like this and it will continue to do.
Here is a list of Top 20 Most Influential Leaders of India Ever.
20. Jyoti Basu
JyotiBasu has been the longest serving chief minister of any state in India. An Atheist in his thinking, he was one of the most influencing person in the Indian history.
19. EM Sankaran Namboodiripad
He was the first communist leader who was selected as the Chief Minister of any place. He was a well-known journalist and a writer as well. He has influenced a lot of people by his thinking and work.
18. Sunil Dutt
A former actor and one of the best leaders who actually made an effort to change the country or his state in some way or another. He founded the NargisDutt foundation to treat cancer patients.
17. N.T. Rama Rao
He was the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh for three terms and he got the highest number of wins from the people. He was a brilliant politician and under his tenure the 27 percent of reservation for the OBC was implemented.
16. Sonia Gandhi
She has been the president of the INC for fifteen years now and she is no doubt a powerful woman and she has influenced several people. She has played a great role in passing the bills and has played a great role as a politician.
15. Rajiv Gandhi
He has influenced many people and not just that he is the man who diminished the License Raj and influenced the people to use science and technology.
14. P.V. Narsimha Rao
He was a strong man and a great leader and was the Prime Minister of India. He has taken several decisions, which worked for the country and also introduced computer based training system for NSE in 1994.
13. Shashi Tharoor
He is one of the most well-read leaders in India and is a writer as well. He is very outspoken and he has speaks about the issues openly. He is very smart and tech savvy as well.
12. Dr. Zakir Hussain
Dr. Zakirhussainwasthe former president of India and also the founder of JamiaMiliaIslamia University. He is one of the most influential leaders of India.
11. Narendra Modi
He is one of the leaders who has influenced the country with his ideas and work and today he has become the Prime Minister of the country winning with several votes.
10. Dr. Rajendra Prasad
He was the first president of India and he is also the man behind the formation of the Republican of India. He never favored anyone unless he or she deserved.
9. Subhash Chandra Bose
Subhash Chandra Bose has influenced the people and especially the armed forces. He was the first man who supported revolting against the British Rule in India. He was a great leaders and he influenced many.
8. Jayprakash Narayan
Jayprakash Narayan is one of the most influential leaders of India. He was an active member of the INC and also the Janta party and played a prominent role in the Quit India movement.
7. APJ Abdul Kalam
A well learned man, and an influencer, and a former president of the country. He was a scientist and he aimed at promoting education and he wanted to make everyone a leader and focused on it. He was also known as the peoples’ president and also the Indian Missile Man.
6. Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India for 11 years. She knew her politics and she was the one who had started the green revolution. She has influenced millions of people and is one of the most famous leaders as well.
5. Lal Bahadur Shastri
LalBahadurShastri was one of the most famous prime ministers of India and was one of the most influential leaders. He was the one who gave the slogan ‘jai jawan jai kisan’ and he worked towards benefitting the country.
4. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
AtalBihari is the most respected person in India. He received the Padma Vibhushan in 1992. He was the person behind the nuclear tests and also succeeded in doing it.
3. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
Dr. BR Ambedkar was a philosopher, a leader, revolutionary, a writer and an historian. He has influenced many people and revived Buddhism in India and has influenced many people.
2. Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
Vallabhbhai Patel was one of the most influential leaders of all times. He was also the leader of the Indian National Congress, was also the Minister of Home Affairs and also the deputy Prime Minister of India. He was also amongst the founder of the Republic of India.
1. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
He was the first Prime Minister of India who ruled the new Independent country. He was very liberal, socialist and also a secular leader. He created the planning commission of India and has influenced the entire country.