S. Y. Quraishi

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Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi
Chief Election Commissioner of India
In office
30 July 2011 – 10 June 2012
President Pratibha Patil
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Navin Chawla
Succeeded by V. S. Sampath
Personal details
Born (1947-06-11) 11 June 1947 (age 69)[1]
Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Profession Civil servant
Religion Islam

Shahabuddin Yaqoob Quraishi (born 11 June 1947) is a former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India.[2] He was appointed as the CEC as the successor to Navin Chawla on 30 July 2010. He has also served as a Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.[3]

He is an IAS officer of the 1971 batch from Haryana cadre. He has a Ph.D. in Communications and Social marketing.[4]

Quraishi became the first Muslim to be the CEC of India. He demitted office on 10 June 2012.[5]

He has authored a book titled 'An Undocumented Wonder - the Making of the Great Indian Election', a book that describes the enormity and complexity of the Indian election[6] [7]and a book titled Old Delhi- Living Traditions a coffee table book on the heritage city and its social and cultural life.[8] [9]

He figured in The Indian Express list of 100 Most Powerful Indians of 2011[10] and again in 2012[11]

He now pursues his interests in academics by teaching & mentoring at Cluster Innovation Centre, University of Delhi in the capacity of Honorary Professor at the centre.[12] He is also a current member of the International Elections Advisory Council.

While responding to Karan Thapar on the Devil's Advocate programme on the television channel CNN-IBN, he opposed the ideas of Right to Recall and Right to Reject advocated by Anna Hazare as not possible in India.[13] However after some time in a TV interview he said that Right to Reject can be considered.[14]

Dr S Y Quraishi was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK in May 2016. He joined Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar, who were the first recipients of the Fellowship.[15]


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