Morarji Desai

1896 - 1995

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Morarji Ranchhodji Desai (29 February 1896 – 10 April 1995) was an Indian independence activist and politician who served as the 4th Prime Minister of India between 1977 and 1979 leading the government formed by the Janata Party. During his long career in politics, he held many important posts in government such as Chief Minister of Bombay State, Home Minister, Finance Minister and 2nd Deputy Prime Minister of India. Following the death of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Desai was a strong contender for the position of Prime Minister, only to be defeated by Indira Gandhi in 1966. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Morarji Desai has received more than 3,311,453 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Morarji Desai is the 5,309th most popular politician (up from 6,430th in 2019), the 153rd most popular biography from India (up from 179th in 2019) and the 49th most popular Indian Politician.

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Among politicians, Morarji Desai ranks 5,309 out of 15,710Before him are Kurt Huber, Iry-Hor, Sam Houston, D. F. Malan, Herennia Etruscilla, and Sunjong of Goryeo. After him are García II of Galicia, Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily, Sergius I of Constantinople, Carlos Andrés Pérez, Franz Joseph I, Prince of Liechtenstein, and Rufinus.

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Among people born in 1896, Morarji Desai ranks 71Before him are Josias, Hereditary Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Karl August Wittfogel, Kenji Miyazawa, Norodom Suramarit, Dimitri Mitropoulos, and William A. Wellman. After him are Heo Jeong, Mao Dun, Henri de Lubac, Mark W. Clark, Ville Ritola, and Otto Hofmann. Among people deceased in 1995, Morarji Desai ranks 65Before him are Ernest Mandel, Heiner Müller, César Rodríguez Álvarez, Joseph Needham, Günter Guillaume, and Mária Telkes. After him are Clair Cameron Patterson, Yves Congar, Selena, Georges Canguilhem, Takeo Fukuda, and Mehdi Bazargan.

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Among people born in India, Morarji Desai ranks 153 out of 1,227Before him are Tarabai (1675), Ahmad Sirhindi (1564), Vinoba Bhave (1895), Mamnoon Hussain (1940), Vikramaditya (-102), and Surdas (1478). After him are Chandrakirti (600), Bahadur Shah I (1643), Guru Arjan (1563), Sai Baba of Shirdi (1835), Mad Mike Hoare (1919), and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820).


Among politicians born in India, Morarji Desai ranks 49Before him are Pratibha Patil (1934), Chandra Shekhar Azad (1906), Nizam-ul-Mulk, Asaf Jah I (1671), Tarabai (1675), Mamnoon Hussain (1940), and Vikramaditya (-102). After him are Bahadur Shah I (1643), Dadabhai Naoroji (1825), Shantanu (null), Zakir Husain (1897), Henry McMahon (1862), and V. V. Giri (1894).