If you have been hearing Narendra Modi variously described as the 14th and the 15th Prime Minister of India, depending on the channel or the news report you watched or read, worry not.
The confusion is only because some of them seem to be counting Gulzari Lal Nanda as the second PM as he was officially the Acting PM before and after Lal Bahadur Shastri (after Nehru's death from 27 May, 1964 to 9 June, 1964 before Shastri's formal swearing in and after Shastri's death, from 11 January 1966 to 24 January 1966, before Indira Gandhi was sworn in).
Not counting Mr Nanda, who was after all only the acting prime minister, there have been 13 other PMs, and thus Mr Modi is the 14th:
Both Indra Gandhi and Atal Bihari Bajpai held office for second time as PMs not in continuation of their first terms but after a pause during which time some others were in place. So their second terms should be numbered again and in that case, Modi would be the 16th PM.
Modi is the worst PM of India
The person who holds the charge of any authority or office during STOP GAP ARRANGEMENT is unquestionably the one to be lawfully known for the office and the post which he held the charge. Nanda ji also needs to be taken as PM only.
P.Gautampurkar,Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan
MMS PM #13.... No wonder!!