A memoir on legendary ex chief Election Commissioner of India TN Seshan | Sangbad Pratidin

Biswadeep Dey: He came back again. TN Seshan. It became clear again last Thursday that even after a year and a half of his death, he remained the same necessary and the same insurmountable in contemporary politics. The Calcutta High Court has informed that in the situation of COVID-19, the Election Commission has not shown the necessary activism in the management of Assembly votes in Bengal. At the same time, the Commission has probably forgotten the cannon of the High Court, the TN session. The current commission may not be able to do even 10 percent of the work of the former chief election commissioner. The news of this rebuke again aroused in the minds of many Indians the memory of an old man. Today’s generation, who may have only heard his name, probably also know the mythical saying, “I am a politician for breakfast.” I have breakfast with politicians. Yes, that TN session. Who is still in his glory in the colorful film of Indian politics. Who was this TN session? When he resigned from the post of Chief Election Commissioner in 1996, why is he still relevant today? What is the record of success behind becoming such an ‘icon’? It is better to start from the back. In 1950, the first Election Commission of newly independent India was formed. Sukumar Sen became the first election commissioner of the country. That’s the beginning. Since then till today so many election commissioners have come but no one has been able to come close to the popularity of the session. In 1990, Dordand Pratap Tirunellai Narayan Iyer became the Chief Election Commissioner of the country. That was undoubtedly the brightest time of his career as an administrator. He was in power for only 6 years. And that is why Kalgham dismissed the politicians. In fact, it became a terror. Many claim that the election commissioner was only one post before he came to power. The task of the commission was to announce the date of the election. Yes, election rules were also published. But the session was the first to start with the strictness of the rules. It was said that politicians were afraid of only two people. God and TN session.

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It was not easy to create such a proverb. Everyone knows that confrontation with politicians is not a matter of words. But Sessions was practically a ‘tough guy’. Not only as an election commissioner, he has shown administrative skills all his life. For which he also received the Magsaysay Award. When you have fulfilled that responsibility with your mind. It is thought that Rajiv Gandhi once snatched a biscuit from his mouth when he was the Prime Minister! Hatbhamba made it clear to Rajiv that a Prime Minister should never eat food that has not been tested before. At that time he was the Secretary of Defense. It is said that he overcame the limitations of his position and became a security expert. Rajiv Gandhi once planned to run from Vijay Chowk to India Gate after a tracksuit with many on August 15. Before the start of the race he saw the session standing a short distance away in a neatly tied coat-tie. Jokingly, Rajeev said, “What are you doing after the suit-boots? Let’s run with us. You will also lose a little bit of weight. ” Sessions immediately replied, ” Some people have to stand up straight so that the Prime Minister of the country can run. ” That was how he was. Flat, straight, infallible. I am busy with my own work. It is heard that he was very religious. But after becoming the election commissioner, he removed the idols of all the gods and goddesses from his new chamber. Probably in this way he was creating the mindset to become the Chief Election Commissioner of a secular country. The year after taking office, the whole country was suddenly in mourning over the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. At that time he postponed the session election without discussing with anyone. This step signaled the emergence of a person on the political stage of the country who knows his job very well. And that is why he does not need to be dependent on others. He knows how to make decisions without consulting any Union Minister or any influential politician.

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How was the session? I have already said that he terrorized the politicians. Shane kept an eye on the election candidates. Whether it was ‘buying’ voters with money or a bottle of liquor, or playing the loudspeaker loudly without permission, he got up to stop the campaign. His keen eye was on stopping the campaigning of votes in shrines and the use of government items in campaigning. Not just the electoral restrictions on paper, but his literal ‘bird’s eye’ as an administrator. Needless to say, he was largely successful. In other words, the political parties got the first impression of the power of the Election Commission. And illustrated credentials. Cum voter card. Practically another revolutionary step. It was a masterstroke of the session to bring transparency in the electoral process. Naturally, many did not take such a step well. Attacked him. He complained that ordinary people have to suffer in such a strict manner. This is not the end. The attack also crossed the line of decency. It is heard that a former chief minister of West Bengal even called the session ‘crazy’. Again, many started jokingly saying, “Session vs. Nation”. In those 6 years, it was proved that one person can take an organization to unprecedented heights with his own skills. That was the TN session. The catchline of the famous advertisement can be used with his name. ‘Just the name Hi Kafi Hai’. Once he set foot in the field of politics. But after losing to LK Advani as a Congress candidate in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, he may have realized that not everything is for everyone. However, the glory of the session did not end in that defeat. Born in December 1932 in Tirunelveli, Kerala, the man died alone. The childless Sessions and his wife went to the old age home. He passed away there in November 2019. But he is a worldly death. The energy of the working man is still felt today. When the current Election Commission has to bring up the issue of reprimand to the court, it is clear that the TN session is still going on today. As a man of flesh and blood, in the political context of India, he is a star whose light still shines brightly. Sangbad Pratidin News App: Download to get the latest updates of news Like to stay in the daily news Like on Facebook and follow on Twitter. Get updates on all news LikeDownload News every day

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