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M G Devasahayam

A former officer of the Indian Army and the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Devasahayam’s has considerable experience in conducting and supervising elections as a district election officer, a returning officer in an assembly constituencies, an assistant returning officer, a returning officer and an Observer in various Parliamentary constituencies. He is closely associated with issues relating to strengthening of democracy in India. He is at present Coordinator, Citizens’ Commission on Elections; Convener, Forum for Electoral Integrity; Member, Constitutional Conduct Group and Chairman, People-First.

He is a writer, columnist and author of several books, including India’s Second Freedom––An Untold SagaJP in Jail––An Uncensored AccountJP Movement, Emergency and India’s Second Freedom and A Drop of Love––Memoir of Saint Teresa.

Author's books

Electoral Democracy? An Inquiry into the Fairness and Integrity of Elections in India


India print edition available on: Amazon India | Flipkart

International print edition available on: Amazon US | Amazon UK 

eBook available globally on Amazon Kindle



Electoral Democracy answers, explains and discusses threadbare a key question: Can India call itself an electoral democracy?


This is the first time such due diligence has been done on India’s ‘electoral democracy,’ which many have so far taken for granted, never mind the cancerous growth in the systematic efforts to destroy the probity of election processes.