Musing #38: The case of the mismatching VP count


While the US President has managed to hog all the limelight just about everyday in office, the Indian President was ushered in a more laid-back affair in the past month which is just as well considering the fact that is largely a ceremonial post. However, it was the ushering in of the 13th Vice-President yesterday, as against the 14th President earlier that got me to delve in to the history of these posts and the resulting mismatch in their count.

While Wikipedia has a well structured list of Presidents and Vice-Presidents, it is difficult to follow the changes for both the posts in sequence. Hence, I decided to chronologise the same and have presented it in the table below.

Interestingly, only twice has the Vice-President been ushered in with the President on the same day, which can be considered to be an oddity of sorts, though perfectly justifiable considering the circumstances and the duration of the posts.

Date of taking office Pres/VP Count President Taking Office VP Taking Office
26-Jan-1950
1/0
Rajendra Prasad
-
13-May-1952
1/1
-
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
13-May-1962
2/2
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Zakir Husain
13-May-1967
3/3
Zakir Husain
Varahagiri Venkata Giri
03-May-1969
3/3
Varahagiri Venkata Giri
-
20-Jul-1969
3/3
Mohammad Hidayatullah
-
24-Aug-1969
4/3
Varahagiri Venkata Giri
-
31-Aug-1969
4/4
-
Gopal Swarup Pathak
24-Aug-1974
5/4
Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
-
31-Aug-1974
5/5
-
Basappa Danappa Jatti
11-Feb-1977
5/5
Basappa Danappa Jatti
-
25-Jul-1977
6/5
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
-
31-Aug-1979
6/6
-
Mohammad Hidayatullah
25-Jul-1982
7/6
Giani Zail Singh
-
31-Aug-1984
7/7
-
Ramaswamy Venkataraman
25-Jul-1987
8/7
Ramaswamy Venkataraman
-
03-Sep-1987
8/8
-
Shankar Dayal Sharma
25-Jul-1992
9/8
Shankar Dayal Sharma
-
21-Aug-1992
9/9
-
Kocheril Raman Narayanan
25-Jul-1997
10/9
Kocheril Raman Narayanan
-
21-Aug-1997
10/10
-
Krishan Kant
25-Jul-2002
11/10
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
-
19-Aug-2002
11/11
-
Bhairon Singh Shekhawat
25-Jul-2007
12/11
Pratibha Patil
-
11-Aug-2007
12/12
-
Mohammad Hamid Ansari
25-Jul-2012
13/12
Pranab Mukherjee
-
25-Jul-2017
14/12
Ram Nath Kovind
-
11-Aug-2017
14/13
-
Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu

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