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Preceded by  V. S. Ramadevi
Preceded by  B.G.Deshmukh

Name  T. Seshan
Succeeded by  M. S. Gill
T. N. Seshan T N Seshan The man who would never back down Rediffcom
Prime Minister  V. P. SinghChandra ShekharP.V. Narasimha RaoAtal Bihari VajpayeeH.D. Deve Gowda
Full Name  Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan
Born  15 December 1932 (age 83)Palakkad, Kerala (1932-12-15)
Alma mater  Madras Christian CollegeHarvard University
Awards  Ramon Magsaysay award, 1996
Spouse  Jayalakshmi Seshan (m. 1959)
Education  Madras Christian College, Harvard University

A message from mr t n seshan former election commissioner

Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan known as T. N. Seshan (retired) IAS best remembered as the man who cleaned up elections in India. He was the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India (1990–96), who reformed elections by largely ending its malpractices in the country. and redefined the status and visibility of the Election Commission of India. An Indian Administrative Service officer, he earlier served as the 18th Cabinet Secretary of India in 1989. He won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service in 1996.


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Early life and education

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Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan was born on 15 December 1932 in a Brahmin family in Thirunellai, Palakkad district, Kerala. He completed his schooling from Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School and intermediate from Government Victoria College, Palakkad. He obtained his graduation in Physics from the Madras Christian College. He worked for three years as demonstrator at the Madras Christian college, when he passed the IAS exam. He then went to study at Harvard University on Edward S. Mason Fellowship where he earned a master's degree in public administration. (Class of 1968)

T. N. Seshan and E. Sreedharan are classmates at BEM High School and Victoria College in Palakkad. Both of them were selected for Engineering in Kakinada (Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University) however E. Sreedharan decided to pursue it, while T. N. Seshan decided to join MCC (Madras Christian College).


T. N. Seshan TN Sheshan former Chief Election Commisioner of India About

Seshan wanted to join the civil services like his brother T N Lakshminarayanan (who incidentally was among the toppers in the very first batch of Indian Administrative Service (IAS). In 1953, Seshan was under-aged to appear for the IAS. To test his abilities, he sat for the Indian Police Service (for which the age of appearing, then, was only 20) and stood first in India in the 1954 batch. The very next year, he appeared and successfully joined the 1955 batch of IAS, having been placed among the top rankers.

An officer of the IAS, he was Secretary of many departments in the Tamil Nadu and the union governments.

He was Cabinet Secretary, the senior most position in the Indian civil service hierarchy, and Member, Planning Commission of India, before being appointed the Chief Election Commissioner. He contested for the post of President of India in 1997 and lost to K.R. Narayanan. He is often known for his crisp one-liners, be it during his service to his superiors and ministers or while facing the media.

On 17th Oct 2012, The Madras High Court appointed T.N Seshan as an interim administrator to run the Pachaiyappa’s Trust in Chennai

Chief Election Commissioner

As the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India, T.N. Seshan's name became synonymous with transparency and efficiency when he managed to stamp his authority on the country's electoral system by conducting the cleanest elections in living memory. "Nobody dared to violate the law." Poll changes ushered in by him would often pit the political class and their media cronies not just against each other, but also against him, the election watchdog, getting labelled, in turn as - "Al-Seshan (Alsatian)" so much so, that electoral 'battles' would be dubbed by them as:

"Seshan versus Nation"

Major achievements

Implementation of the law in election process :

  • Instrumental in strict implementation election code of conduct
  • Issuance of Voter IDs for all eligible voters
  • Limit on candidates expenditure in his/her election
  • Progressive and autonomous Election commission machinery. Drafted election officials from states other than the one facing polls.
  • Elimination of several malpractices like :

  • Bribing or intimidating voters
  • Distribution of liquor during elections.
  • Use of official machinery for campaigning.
  • Appealing to voters' caste or communal feelings.
  • Use of places of worship for campaigns.
  • Use of loudspeakers and high volume music without prior written permission.
  • References

    T. N. Seshan Wikipedia