(Last Updated on : 10/03/2012)
List of Indian Speakers provides a comprehensive list of the various speakers who have held office as the presiding officer of the lower house of the Indian Parliament, also known as Lok Sabha
. In Indian Parliamentary democracy, the office of the Speaker occupies a very important position. While the members of Indian Parliament
signify the individual constituencies, the Speaker represents the full authority of the House itself. The Speaker, even though speaks rarely in the House is regarded as the true guardian of the traditions of parliamentary democracy and speaks for the House as a whole. The unique position holder is illustrated by the fact that the person is placed very high in the Warrant of Precedence in India, standing next only to the Indian President
, the Indian Vice-President
and the Indian Prime Minister
. The Speaker has extensive functions to perform in matters administrative, judicial and regulatory, falling under his/her domain.
The date of election of speaker is finalised by the President. The speaker should leave his/her actual party in order to remain impartial as a speaker.
Given below is a List of Indian Speakers who have held office over the years-
G.V. Mavalankar, also known as the Father of Lok Sabha
is known for having redesigned India`s Parliament with impartiality.
M. Anathasayanam Ayyangar
M.A.Ayyangar has been a worthy successor of Mavalankar and was a well known social activist, freedom fighter, as well as a great parliamentarian.
Sardar Hukam Singh
Sardar Hukam Singh was a former Indian politician and the speaker of the Lok Sabha from 1962 to 1967; as well as the Governor of Rajasthan
from 1967 to 1972.
N. Sanjiva Reddy
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was the 6th President of India, from 1977 to 1982. He was also the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
from 1956 and also served as President of the Indian National Congress
from 1959 to 1962. Reddy became the Speaker of the Lok Sabha for 2 terms, from 17 March 1967 - 19 July 1969 and again from 26 March 1977 - 13 July 1977.
Gurdial Singh Dhillon
G.S Dhillon was a veteran freedom fighter who played a major role in re-structuring the Indian Parliament.
Baliram Bhagat was a straightforward, firm man with all the qualities needed to be Parliamentary Speaker.
K.S Hegde was a well-known personality in the political arena of India
Balram Jakhar, presided over two consecutive Lok Sabhas for their full terms
With an innate straightforwardness and transparent honesty, Rabi Ray also termed as the Son of Soil, upheld the prestige and dignity of the office of the Speaker.
Shivraj V Patil
The Planner, Shivraj Patil with his patience and productively has left a mark in the arena of Indian Politics.
P.A Sangma has been categorized as one of the most eloquent and distinguished speakers in the Opposition benches of Indian Lok Sabha.
G.M.C. Balayogi was admired and accepted by political parties of all shades during his tenure as Speaker of Lok Sabha.
This versatile personality is known for having had an enduring interest for different aspects of national development.
This highly educated lawyer was a most effective Parliamentarian, and has been a role Model for Indian Parliamentarians
Meira Kumar is the first women Speaker of the Indian Parliament. She was elected to the post after the general election of 2009.