New Delhi: Manohar Singh Gill, a distinguished bureaucrat, politician, and writer, passed away at the age of 87 on October 16, 2023, in New Delhi. He is best known for his role as the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 1996 to 2001, during which he played a pivotal role in modernizing India’s electoral system by introducing electronic voting machines (EVMs).
EVMs have been credited with reducing electoral malpractices and strengthening the credibility of India’s elections. Gill’s legacy as the “father of EVMs” is enduring.
In addition to his contributions to electoral reform, Gill also had a distinguished career in public service and politics. He served as the Agriculture Secretary of Punjab and the Chief Election Commissioner of India before entering politics in 2004. He was elected to the Rajya Sabha, representing Punjab, and served in several ministerial roles, including Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Gill was also an accomplished writer. He authored several books, including “Himalayan Wonder: Travels in Lahaul and Spiti” and “Tales from the Hills: Lahaul’s Enduring Myths and Legends.”
Gill’s passing is a loss to India. He was a dedicated public servant, a visionary leader, and a respected writer. He will be remembered for his contributions to electoral reform and his commitment to strengthening India’s democracy.