Biography of Morarji Desai- First Ever Non-Congress Prime Minister of India

Morarji Desai  is a popular Indian Freedom Fighter, an Independence Activist and a powerful/bold Indian Political leader.

Morarji Desai  was the 4th Prime Minister of India, being the” first non-congress Prime Minister of India”. 

Morarji Desai was the Finance Minister of India from 1958 to 1963 , when Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister of India and the Deputy Prime Minister  of India from 1967 to 1969,when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India.

In 1969 subsequent to his removal from the post of Deputy Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai   became leader of the conservative opposition.

Morarji Desai became the head of the first non-Congress Union Government of India and the Prime Minister of India, bringing indira Gandhi’s emergency- rule  to an end in 1977 and he had been the Prime Minister of India till 1979 when his Government collapsed due the breaking of the coalitions.

As the Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai took efforts to initiate peace between India and Pakistan and to restore  political relations with China.

Morarji Desai  is the only Indian who  was conferred on with  the highest civilian awards,  from both India and Pakistan, namely,the Bharat Ratna and Nishaan-e-Pakistan, respectively.

Morarji  Desai was a true follower of Mahatma Gandhi and he tried to follow the Mahatma in his personal and political life.

Morarji Desai was a vegetarian by birth and conviction and he had been expressing his personal views on the advantages of being a vegetarian.

Biography of Morarji Desai:-

Name: Morarji Ranchhodji Desai

Known as: Morarji Desai

Date of Birth:
29th  February 1896
 (As Morarji Desai’s Birthday is 29th of February, his birthday will recur only once in 4 years on the leap years and in otherYears 28th February would be his birthday.)

Date of Death:10th  April 1995 (At the Age of 99 years)

Father: Ranchhodji Desai (A School Teacher)

Mother: Vajiaben /Maniben  Desai.

Studied Graduation at :Wilson College, Mumbair

Awards Conferred on Morarji Desai during his life-time:

Nishan-e-Pakistan-Pakistan’s Highest Civilian Award-19th May 1990

Bharat Ratna- India’s Highest Civilian Award-1991

Quotations of Morarji Desai:- 

Consideration for other persons or for other living beings is very vital for goodness and want of consideration for other people makes human beings selfish, regardless for other people’s goodness.

I believe in preventing cruelty to all living beings in any form.

If we do not want to be pained by anybody we must not pain anybody; and how can man consider himself humane if he wants to live at the cost of others.  

As long men eat animals how can cruelty to animals be removed.


I would, therefore, say that for no reason whatsoever, except in self-defence, should one think of killing any animal.

The vegetarian movement is an ancient movement and is not quite a modern one. We should propagate the values of vegetarianism.

(However) I do not say that one who is vegetarian is full of compassion and one who is not, is otherwise. We sometimes find people, who are vegetarians, are very bad people.

-Morarji Desai

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