Originally Posted by The Historian
Who do you think it is? My personal choice would be Nehru, seeing that he did not have the dictatorial tendencies of his daughter, Indira Gandhi or the corruption of some of those following her. I'd say the national and international images of Indian Prime Ministers has gone downhill a lot since Nehru. Also, Desai, Shastri and Vajpayee come in second, third and fourth for me respectively.
Meh, i would say its Vajpayee.
Nehru was too much of an idealist and as a result, his government suffered- IMO it should've been Sardar Patel for the first PM but he was no protege of Gandhi.
Nehru's idealism was definitely a hinderence to the success of the nation- his policies, especially war-time policies of first Indo-Pak war, Sino-Indian war was quite a let down in lacking decisiveness and a bigger picture.
IMO Nehru did not have a dictatorial streak like Indira because he was the defacto choice of the Congress party till the day he died.
Indira was quite decisive, bold and most importantly, had a huge hand in the reform of the civil service and military into a much more leaner, developing machine.
But her corruption and dictatorial streak was perhaps a tad too strong for my liking.
IMO, Vajpayee was the best India has seen, in terms of leading a decisive and bold administration, that is if anything, cynical in its realism than idealistic, with strong economic policies and by indian standards, a much less corrupt government.
His ability to cross party lines in Indian politics, to recruit people like MM Singh for economic minister (the guy is the most qualified economist in Indian politics as far as economics go) shows a distinct consideration to the bigger picture.