TN Seshan, who had given the current status to the Election Commission standing up against muscle power, money power and power, died on Sunday. Seshan, 86, was ill for the last several years and was living in Chennai. He is given the credit for bringing purity and transparency in the electoral system in the country. Tirunellai Narayan Iyer Seshan was the Chief Election Commissioner from 1990 to 1996. Seshan, a 1955 batch IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, served as the 10th Election Commissioner. Born on 15 December 1932 in Tirunelai in Palakkad district, Kerala, Seshan introduced the voter ID card as Election Commissioner. During his election commissioner there was a famous saying that politicians fear only two people, one from God and the other from Seshan. He was also awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1996.
Seshan, 86, was ill for the last several years and was living in Chennai.
In an interview, he said that you can guess from the autonomy of the Election Commission that one of my predecessors had written to the government and demanded a sanction of Rs 30 to buy the book. In those days, the Commission was treated like a hanger of the government. The Chief Election Commissioner before me sat outside the Law Minister’s office and waited when he was called. I decided that I would never do this. Earlier, in our office all the envelopes were written in writing, Election Commission of India. I made them clear that I am not a part of the Government of India.