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Metro man Sreedharan remembers his classmate TN Seshan

Raman74

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Metro man Sreedharan remembers his classmate TN Seshan

By E. Sreedharan


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The competition between us in academics was fierce but we were still good friends. Being short in stature in those days, he used to sit in the front bench, while I was always in the last row.

I joined BEM High School, Palakkad, for the academic year 1942-43 in 2nd Form. T N Seshan was studying in the same school right from Class 1 and used to top the class when it came to academic proficiency. From 2nd form till 5th form, I bagged the first place in general proficiency and Seshan used to come second.

The competition between us in academics was fierce but we were still good friends. Being short in stature in those days, he used to sit in the front bench, while I was always in the last row. In the SSLC examination in 1947, he came first with an aggregate of 452 marks and I was second with 451 marks.

While studying in BEM High School, I excelled in academics as well as in sports such as football, while Seshan was always book-bound. But he had a rare flair for the English language.

Both of us were again together in the Government Victoria College, Palakkad, for Intermediate from 1947 to 1949 and we were the only two students automatically selected for engineering in Madras Presidency for that year. I joined the Government College, Kakinada, for my engineering studies, while Seshan wanted to follow his elder brother T N Lakshminarayan into IAS. To prepare for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam, he joined the Madras Christian College for B.A.(Hons.) in Physics.

Please read more at: https://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/mindspace/2019/nov/12/remembering-my-classmate-t-n-seshan-2060516.html
 

drsundaram

Active member
T.N.SESHAN LAST RITES.... ..
My cousin in Chennai just texted that he was among the dozen people who had joined at the cremation grounds when Seshan was consecrated to Agni .
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Was it not a dishonour to the man who had given so much to the Indian democracy?. Not a single politician. None from election commission from stare level nor any retired or in office now. Kamalahasan's party member was with a bouquet, it seems . As Seshan didn't have children and his wife had predeceased, a few admirers and distant relatives were all only there to give him the final farewell. No one any from Central Govt. Does he not deserve Union Law Minister to visit to pay homage? Very sad reflection of our values and erosion in culture. Is this the last respsct to be shown to a man who realy stood for values and ethics in politics and brought star credibility to Election commission ?
 

Raman74

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T.N.SESHAN LAST RITES.... ..
No one any from Central Govt. Does he not deserve Union Law Minister to visit to pay homage? Very sad reflection of our values and erosion in culture. Is this the last respsct to be shown to a man who realy stood for values and ethics in politics and brought star credibility to Election commission ?
Yes... a very sad reflection of our values and erosion in culture.

Before he assumed charge as poll panel, EC was considered just a powerless and a dummy arm of the government. It was under his watch that the Election Commission became an independent authority exercising vast powers to hold free and fair elections. His action on corrupt politicians gave him a huge fan following, but made politicians wary.

Some politicians turn up at Seshan's final journey

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The DMK's M K Stalin, Tamil Nadu Minister D Jayakumar, the BJP's Pon Radhakrishnan... A clutch from the political class pay tribute to T N Seshan on his last journey.
A Ganesh Nadar reports.

For a man who shook the political establishment with his enforcement of electoral laws as chief election commissioner, one didn't expect much of a political presence at T N Seshan's last journey. And one wasn't proved wrong either.

At his home in Alwarpet in south Chennai on Monday morning, there were three priests reciting shlokas for the departed soul. There was a large contingent of the media, eager to see who was coming to pay their respects, and who wasn't.

A policeman informs me that Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam President M K Stalin had come to pay his respects. And from the government's side, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar came by with a wreath.

Others who came to pay their last respect were Chennai Police Commissioner A K Vishwanathan and Tamil Nadu Disaster Commissioner J Radhakrishnan.

The Bharatiya Janata Party was represented by former Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan.

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An unassuming end to the man who in his time had put the fear of god into the political establishment.

Read more at: https://www.rediff.com/news/report/some-politicians-turn-up-at-seshans-final-journey/20191112.htm
 
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Raman74

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Though he don't hate politicians, he hate bad politics. All his utterances and activities over the past have created debates, criticism and admiration. He had not spared anybody. Even on the eve of the crucial elections in the south, he was making waves - over his indictment of two powerful Union ministers.!!

‘Only God or TN Seshan’ — why politicians feared the ex-CEC who was an inspiration to many

Present and former chief election commissioners call T.N. Seshan a ‘legend’ for his term as CEC between 1990 and 1996.

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Former Chief Election Commissioner, TN Seshan, who passed away Sunday | youtube screengrab
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Brahma added, “He was ruthless and unforgiving when it came to the electoral staff across the country about electoral discipline… And not just that, he was equally strict with politicians — he wouldn’t listen to them.”

In 1994, in a move that raised many eyebrows in political circles, he advised then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao to remove two sitting ministers — welfare minister Sitaram Kesari and food minister Kalpnath Rai — from the cabinet for reportedly influencing voters.

Despite being criticised for ostensibly overstepping his mandate, an unfazed Seshan stuck to his guns.

Having cut candidates’ expenditure during elections significantly, he ensured that the image of wealthy politicians landing in poverty-stricken villages in government-loaned helicopters, distributing alcohol and money, became a thing of the past.

He maintained zero tolerance for campaign speeches stroking religion and caste-based hatred

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Along the way, his style of functioning earned him many detractors, who thought of him as a dictatorial megalomaniac. Stray allegations of him once ordering his bodyguards to open fire on a car that was blocking his way did not help.

Yet, little could, or still can, dampen his incorruptible legacy.

Read more at: https://theprint.in/india/only-god-or-tn-seshan-why-politicians-feared-the-ex-cec-who-was-an-inspiration-to-many/319134/
 
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Raman74

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Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan, who passed away on Sunday aged 86, was for many a tough bureaucrat whose sense of authority and occasional rage were legendary.

His stellar track record as an officer of the Indian Administrative Service was overshadowed by his stint as the CEC.

People who knew him to be an authoritarian figure also knew a softer, upright side that is difficult to capture except in anecdotes.


The story goes that when Subramanian Swamy as India's law minister under the short-lived Chandrashekhar government in 1991 played a pivotal role in the appointment of TN Seshan as the chief election commissioner, Rajiv Gandhi, whose Congress party played a key role in supporting and then toppling the government, asked him: "Do you realise what you have done?" Or something to that effect.


 

rsamp

Member
A lot of people would have attended funeral had Late sedan been corrupt crooked and helped politicians to win elections.Atleast Brahmins in Chennai should have attended in large numbers.


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drsundaram

Active member
A lot of people would have attended funeral had Late sedan been corrupt crooked and helped politicians to win elections.Atleast Brahmins in Chennai should have attended in large numbers.


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Fate. people's taste have become so cheap and mean. EVR& Karuanadhi like men of when died could get a crowd.May be so with others politicians who are alive who swindle people's and Govt's money. Honesty and integrity are never honoured even at death.May His Soul rest in Peace
 

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