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T. N. Seshan Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : November 11, 2019

Short Biography

T. N. Seshan was born on 15-12-1932 in Thirunellai, Palakkad in the state of Kerala, India. He was an Indian IAS Officer, Civil Servant, Author & Politician who served as an 18th Cabinet Secretary of India & 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India.

Other Name: TN Seshan, Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan
Other Professions: Civil Servant Author Politician

T. N. Seshan Complete Bio & Career

T. N. Seshan was born and raised in Palakkad district of Kerala. After completing his graduation from Madras Christian College, he worked for 3 years as demonstrator at the Madras Christian College. After that, he went to Harvard University and obtained his masters degree in in public administration. 

Prior to being appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner, he served as the Cabinet secretary and Planning Commision of India. He also held the the senior most position in the Indian civil service hierarchy. He is best remembered fo the reforms that he made while he served as the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India. It was during his term that certain malpractices that were done during election came to an end. He conducted election with efficiency and transparency. Noboby dared to violate the law during his term and he will always be remembered for conducting the cleanest elections in living memory.

After retiring from his post in 1996, he contested for the Presidential elections in 1997 but lost the elections to K. R. Narayanan. After living out of the scene for almost a decade, he was appointed as an interim administrator to run the Pachaiyappa’s Trust, Chennai. He was appointed by the Madras High Court. He founded the trust named Deshbhakt an NGO which worked for social reforms in India. For his services, he was felicitated with the Ramon Magsaysay award in the year 1996. He was arguably the best civil cervant that India has ever had.

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Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

He died on 10-11-2019 at the age of 86 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India at his residence.

DEATHDAY 10 November,2019 (Sunday)
DEATH PLACE Chennai, Tamil Nadu

T. N. Seshan Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was married to Jayalakshmi Seshan from 1959 till his death in 2019.

Life's Important Dates Of T. N. Seshan

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Wheatish
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White (Half Bald)

Personal Info

Home Town Thirunellai, Palakkad
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
School Basel Evangelical Mission Higher Secondary School, Palakkad
Government Victoria College, Palakkad
College Madras Christian College, Chennai
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Qualification Master's Degree in Public Administration
Hobbies Reading Books
Marital Status Married
Debut As a Chief Election Commissioner - 1990
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website N/A


Favorite Color White
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Politician Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Favorite Actor Rajinikanth
Favorite Place Kerala
Favorite Food South Indian Food

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About T. N. Seshan

  • He will always be remembered for his introduction of many electoral reforms and his uprightness.
  • He contested for the post of President of India in 1997, where he lost to K.R. Narayanan.
  • He and E. Sreedharan were classmates at BEM High School and Victoria College in Palakkad.
  • He is often known for his crisp one-liners, be it during his service to his superiors and ministers or while facing the media.

T. N. Seshan Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

T. N. Seshan was 86 years 10 months & 26 days old age.