Navin Chawla is a retired Indian bureaucrat and writer. He served as the 16th Chief Election Commissioner of India. During this time, he presided over the April-May 2009 General Election, which received national and international acclaim. He remained a career Civil Servant for 36 years (1969-2005) and rose to the rank of Secretary to the Government of India. He is currently a Trustee of the South Asia Foundation (SAF), and serves on the Advisory Board of The Hindu newspaper’s Centre for Politics and Public Policy. Navin Chawla is well known for his biography of Mother Teresa, titled Mother Teresa, and he is the co-author of the book, Faith and Compassion: The Life and Work of Mother Teresa. His latest book, Every Vote Counts: The Story of India’s Elections, is published by HarperCollins and translated by DC Books.
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