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List of Defence Ministers of India

Manohar Parrikar is currently the Defence Minister in the Government of India. He is preceded by Arun Jaitley of BJP Govt.

He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)

DEFENCE MINISTERS OF INDIA TABLE

Baldev Singh
1946-1952

Kailash Nath Katju
1955-1957

V. K. Krishna Menon
1957-1962

Yashwantrao Chavan
1962-1966

Sardar Swaran Singh
1966-1970

Jagjivan Ram
1970-1974

Sardar Swaran Singh
1974-1975

Indira Gandhi
1975-1975

Bansi Lal
21 December 1975 - 24 March 1977

Jagjivan Ram
24 March 1977 - 28 July 1979

Chidambaram Subramaniam
28 July 1979 -14 January 1980

Indira Gandhi
1980-1982

R. Venkataraman
1982-1984

Shankarrao Chavan
1984-1984

P. V. Narasimha Rao
1984-1985

Rajiv Gandhi
1985-1987

V.P. Singh
1987-1987

K. C. Pant
1987-1989

V. P. Singh
1989-1990

Chandra Shekhar
1990-1991

Sharad Pawar
1991-1993

P. V. Narasimha Rao
1993-1996

Pramod Mahajan
1996-1996

Mulayam Singh Yadav
1996 - 1998

George Fernandes
1998 - 2001

Jaswant Singh
2001 - 2001

George Fernandes
2001 - 2004

Pranab Mukherjee
2004 - 2006

A.K. Antony
2006-2014

Arun Jaitley
26 May 2014 -9 November 2014

Manohar Parrikar
9 November 2014 - till