Former Chief Election Commissioner and former Cabinet Secretary Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan, who introduced reforms to the electoral process in the country during his CEC mandate in the 1990s, died of a heart failure Sunday in Chennai. He was 86 years old.
He had not been in good health for two years and died around 9:30 p.m.
Born on December 15, 1932, in Thirunellai, Palakkad District, Kerala, Seshan was the youngest of six brothers and sisters in a middle-class family. His father was a lawyer in the district court.
Seshan went to school in Kerala, then studied science at Madras Christian College in Chennai, where he won a gold medal for his excellent performances, but at the cost of his social life. In the early 1950s, with few opportunities for young scientists, Seshan became a professor at the same university at age 19.
He left in 1953 because his monthly salary was Rs 180. He decided to pursue a career in public service. He obtained the best result in the 1953 police exam. In 1955, he achieved the best result in the IAS entrance exam and began his long journey as a bureaucrat… T N Seshan was the tenth chief commissioner of elections and served from 12th December 1990 to 11th December 1996.
He also won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his services to the government in 1996.
“Their efforts in favor of electoral reforms have made our democracy stronger and more participatory, Pained by his demise, Om Shanti,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.
Shri TN Seshan was an outstanding civil servant. He served India with utmost diligence and integrity. His efforts towards electoral reforms have made our democracy stronger and more participative. Pained by his demise. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 10, 2019
Continuing many other great politicians have tweeted about his disappearance and his honest work to the country.