Era Sezhiyan (28 April 1923 – 6 June 2017) or Rajagopal Seziyan was an Indian writer and politician. His original name was R.Srinivasan and changed his name to fall in line with other DMK leaders who opted for Tamil names instead of sanskritised forms.He was known for having rediscovered and published 'Shah Commission Report' which was reported destroyed by Indira Gandhi Government
|Member of parliament, Lok Sabha for Kumbakonam|
|Preceded by||C. R. Pattabhiraman|
|Succeeded by||constituency dissolved|
|Member of parliament, Lok Sabha for Perambalur|
Lal Bahadur Shastri,
|Preceded by||M. Palaniyandi|
|Succeeded by||A. Duraiarasu|
April 28, 1923|
June 6, 2017 (aged 94)|
|Political party||Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam|
Seziyan was born to V. S. Rajagopal on April 28, 1923. He completed his master's before entering politics. He married Dr. Prema Seziyan.
Seziyan was a well-known writer in Tamil and has written numerous short stories and one-act plays. He joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam at an early age. In 1962, he stood for election from Perambalur Lok Sabha constituency and was elected to the Lok Sabha or lower house of the Indian Parliament. He served as a Member of Parliament for Perambalur from 1962 to 1967. In the 1967 Lok Sabha elections, Sezhiyan defeated two-time Congress MP C. R. Pattabhiraman from Kumbakonam. He was brother of Navalar V.R. Nedunchezian and both of them were founder members of DMK. Later he joined Janatha Party and was attracted to Jayaprakash Narayan's ideologies. He represented Janatha Party in Loksabha as a Rajya Sabha member between 1978-1984. In 2001, he retired from active politics.
Editing Shah Commission reportEdit
The atrocities committed during Emergency 1975 were enquired and published in Shah Commission Report during 1980 but was suppressed by next draconian Government. It was believed that all copies of Shah Commission report were either destroyed or disappeared and after three decades, Era Sezhiyan traced a copy of the report and published with editorial notes during 2010.
- "Drop Hindi option 'proposal', Era Sezhiyan tells Centre". The Hindu. Dec 6, 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- Kolappan, B (6 June 2017). "Ace Parliamentarian Era Sezhiyan dead". The Hindu newspaper. The Hindu.
- "Advani recalls Emergency days, hails Sezhiyan for reviving Shah Commission report". The Times of India. Dec 20, 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.