|James Michael Lyngdoh was chosen for the Indian Administrative Services, when he was just twenty-two. He was the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 2001 to 2004. He is known for his uprightness and courage that has lifted the hackles of mighty, while his postings all over the country. He grew to the rank of the Chief Election Commissioner in 2001 and has served as Cabinet Secretary, Government of India and Secretary, Coordination and Public Grievances. He proved himself, when encountered with two crises as the CEC. First in 2002, Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections. Secondly, after the Godhra riots, the Gujarat government wanted to conduct elections. However, James Michael Lyngdoh preferred to delay polls. In 2003, he got the Ramon Magysaysay Award for Government Service.