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hyam Saran Negi, wiki, bio, age, wife, kids, death, fame, and honors

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Shyam Saran Negi, the first voter of independent India and India’s oldest voter, passed away on 5 November 2022. Born on 1 July 1917, Negi was a teacher by profession.

Shyam Saran Negi, wiki, bio, age, wife, kids, death, fame, and honors


Name  Shyam Saran Negi
Born 1 July 1917
Birthplace Kalpa, Kinnaur, Bushahr State, British Raj
(present Himachal Pradesh, India)
Death 5 November 2022
Age 105 years of age at the time of death
Place of Death  Kalpa, Kinnaur, Himachal pradesh, India
Father’s Name  Narayan Das
Mother Name  Unknown
Wife’s name  Hira Mani
Children  One son Chandraprakash, four daughters
Profession Retired Teacher
Religion Hindu
Caste  Rajput
Cause of Fame  First Voter of Independent India

Introduction of Shyam Saran Negi

Shyam Saran Negi was born on 1 July 1917 and died on 5 November 2022. He was born in Kalpa Bharat, Himachal Pradesh, and was a retired school teacher. Let us tell you that Negi cast his first vote in the 1951 general election in India. However, the country’s first elections since independence were scheduled by British rule in 1947.

It is also interesting to know that most of the voting for that first election took place in February 1952, in Himachal Pradesh elections were held five months earlier as the weather there tends to be inclement in February and March, and there is heavy snowfall during that period. Is. It would have made it impossible for citizens to reach polling stations.

 Since Negi was a government teacher and his duty was also as a member of the polling party, he clearly remembered that he had cast his first vote at the Shonthong polling station and he was the first voter of independent India. entered history. Due to difficult roads and bad weather, it took 10 days for the polling party to reach the polling place. In Purvani-Ribba-Morang-Nesong, a long distance had to be covered to conduct the polls.

Let us tell you that the late Negi cast his first vote for independent India on 25 October 1951. As a responsible citizen, he voted in every general election from 1951 until his death and is believed to be India’s oldest voter and its first. Shyam Saran Negi also made a guest appearance in the Hindi film Sanam Re.

Negi died on 5 November 2022 at the age of 105.


In 2010, Navin Chawla, the then Chief Election Commissioner of India, visited Negi’s village to honor him as part of the Election Commission’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

In 2014, Google India announced a public service for the Election Commission in which Negi explained his participation in independent India’s first election, and why citizens of India needed to vote.

Interesting and unknown facts about Shyam Saran Negi

    He is the first Indian citizen who voted for the first time in independent India.

    As of 2018, he was among those voters in Himachal Pradesh who had crossed the age of 100, a total of 1,011 voters in Himachal Pradesh who were above 100 years of age and Negi was one of them.

    He lived at Kanang Sharing in Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh, a place known for high-quality apples, situated at an altitude of about 10,000 feet (3,048 m) above sea level.

   He went to school for the first time at the age of 10. Received primary education up to 5th standard in Kalpa, after which he studied in Rampur.

   Rampur was 70 miles away from his house, which it took Negi 3 days to reach.

    He was 20 years old when he reached the 10th standard, due to his age, he was denied admission to the 10th standard.

    Before being a teacher at Kalpa Basic Secondary School, Negi worked as a forest guard from 1940 to 1946. He worked for 23 years as a basic teacher and retired in 1975. ,

    He voted for the first time on 25 October 1951

Negi was 33 years old when he voted for the first time in the Lok Sabha election in 1951 and for the seventeenth time in the general election in Himachal Pradesh on 19 May 2019.

   At the time of the first general election he was a member of the polling party, at his request, the election officials were allowed to vote outside his home location; And thus he became the first Indian to cast his vote in the general election.

    Negi retired from the same school where he had the first cast his vote; He served as a teacher for 23 years.

    His eldest son died in 2002.

    He did not know 2007 Negi, but in 2007, the Election Commission did the work of bringing Negi to the world and registered as India’s first voter.

    In 2010, the then Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla invited Negi to his village at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Election Commission.

In 2014, Google India made a video of Shyam Saran Negi to explain the importance of voting to young Indian voters

He also appeared in the 2016 released film “Sanam Re” directed by Divya Khosla Kumar and starred Yami Gautam and Pulkit Samrat in lead roles along with Urvashi Rautela.

He was accorded a warm welcome at the polling station in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections held on 9 November 2017 and the Election Commission made arrangements for his pick-up and drop-off at his home. Along with this, a red carpet was laid in his honor on the way to the voting booth. Deccan Chronicle

    He has been named by the Election Commission as a brand ambassador for its Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SWEP) campaign.

    As of April 2019, he had voted in 28 elections, be it Lok Sabha, Assembly elections, or Panchayat elections. 

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