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Era Sezhiyan (28 April 1923 – 6 June 2017)[1] or Rajagopal Seziyan was an Indian writer and politician.[2] 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.[3] He was known for having rediscovered and published 'Shah Commission Report' which was reported destroyed by Indira Gandhi Government[4]

Era Sezhiyan
Member of parliament, Lok Sabha for Kumbakonam
In office
Preceded byC. R. Pattabhiraman
Succeeded byconstituency dissolved
Member of parliament, Lok Sabha for Perambalur
In office
Prime MinisterJawaharlal Nehru,
Lal Bahadur Shastri,
Indira Gandhi
Preceded byM. Palaniyandi
Succeeded byA. Duraiarasu
Personal details
BornApril 28, 1923
Thirukkannapuram, India
DiedJune 6, 2017(2017-06-06) (aged 94)
Vellore, India
Political partyDravida Munnetra Kazhagam


Personal lifeEdit

Seziyan was born to V. S. Rajagopal on April 28, 1923. He completed his master's before entering politics. He married Dr. Prema Seziyan.

Public lifeEdit

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.[4] 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.[3] 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.[3]

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.[4]


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  2. ^ "Drop Hindi option 'proposal', Era Sezhiyan tells Centre". The Hindu. Dec 6, 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Kolappan, B (6 June 2017). "Ace Parliamentarian Era Sezhiyan dead". The Hindu newspaper. The Hindu.
  4. ^ a b c "Advani recalls Emergency days, hails Sezhiyan for reviving Shah Commission report". The Times of India. Dec 20, 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.