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Morarji Desai Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : February 29, 2020

Short Biography

Morarji Desai was born on 29-02-1896 in Valsad in the state of Gujarat, India. He was an Indian Politician, Prime Minister, Activist, Civil Servant & Chief Minister. He was the 5th Prime Minister of India and served as the PM of India from 1977 to 1979.

Other Name: Morarji Ranchhodji Desai, Morarji
Other Professions: Prime Minister Activist Civil Servant Chief Minister

Morarji Desai Complete Bio & Career

Morarji Desai’s contribution started from freedom struggle movement and later he turned a politician and his achievements as both are unparallel. He started off as civil service employee in the British regime to taking up an active role in the freedom struggle and later assuming different offices under various administrations to finally chairing the responsibility of the Prime Minister of the country, his political pursuits have scaled upwards all throughout. 
His deep embedded value for perseverance, truthfulness, and hard work is a no match for anybody to date. He was sincere in all that he did and that is the reaon why he was so popular among public. He worked in various departments in his lifetime and conferred with various awards during his lifetime. He to-date is the only Indian to be conferred with Pakistan’s highest civilian award, Nishan-E-Pakistan, for his infinite efforts in initiating peace between two rival countries. He also served as the finance minister in Jawahar Lal Nehru's cabinet prior to becoming the 5th prime minister of India. Not only Pakistan, he also worked tirelessly to improve relations with China as well. After Janta Party dismantled in 1979, he resigned as the Prime Minister of India and also that was his last political stint. He spent his last years in Mumbai and that is where he breathed his last. His legacy will always be unmatched and was arguably one of the finest politician India ever produced.

Honours & Awards

Bharat Ratna Civilian Award 1991 Social Work

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Morarji Desai died on 10-04-1995 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India at the age of 99.

DEATHDAY 10 April,1995 (Monday)
DEATH PLACE Mumbai, Maharashtra

Morarji Desai Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Ranchodji Desai and Vijaben Desai. He had 7 siblings and he was the eldest of them all. He was married to Gujraben Desai and together the couple had 2 sons named Madhukeshwar Desai and Kanti Desai.

Life's Important Dates Of Morarji Desai

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Bhadeli village, Bulsar district, Bombay Presidency, British India
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Mumbai
School Kundla School, Saurashtra
Bai Ava Bai High School, Saurashtra
College Wilson College, Mumbai
Qualification Graduate
Hobbies Reading Books
Marital Status Married
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Sport Hockey
Favorite Politician Jawaharlal Nehru

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Morarji Desai

  • Upon completing his education, he joined the civil services and took up the profile of a Deputy Collector in 1918, which he served for 12 years until 1930, when he resigned after being found guilty of being soft on Hindus during the 1927-28 riots.
  • During his involvement in the Indian Independence Movement, he was thrice imprisoned and gained a reputation for himself amongst freedom-fighters and Indian National Congress leaders.
  • His increasing popularity made him a strong contender for the post of Prime Minister, after Nehru’s death, but he lost the race to Lal Bahadur Shastri.
  • During his premiership, he worked hard to improve international diplomatic relations with arch rivals Pakistan and China..

Morarji Desai Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Morarji Desai was 99 years 1 month & 10 days old age.