Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his heartfelt condolences, reminiscing about his interactions with the eminent agricultural scientist. “Deeply saddened by the demise of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan Ji. At a very critical period in our nation’s history, his groundbreaking work in agriculture transformed the lives of millions and ensured food security for our nation,” Prime Minister Modi conveyed in a statement.
He continued to extol Dr. Swaminathan’s multifaceted contributions, noting, “Beyond his revolutionary contributions to agriculture, Dr. Swaminathan was a powerhouse of innovation and a nurturing mentor to many. His unwavering commitment to research and mentorship has left an indelible mark on countless scientists and innovators.”
Recalling their interactions, Prime Minister Modi remarked, “I will always cherish my conversations with Dr. Swaminathan. His passion to see India progress was exemplary. His life and work will inspire generations to come. Condolences to his family and admirers.”
Born on August 7, 1925, in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, affectionately known as MS Swaminathan, leaves behind a legacy that has irrevocably reshaped the landscape of Indian agriculture and global food security.
Swaminathan’s journey into the realm of agriculture and genetics was profoundly influenced by a pivotal moment during the Bengal famine of 1943, which witnessed the loss of countless lives due to a severe shortage of rice. This humanitarian catastrophe deeply stirred the young Swaminathan, igniting his passion for agricultural research and his unwavering commitment to alleviating hunger.
Motivated by personal conviction, he pursued education at prestigious institutions such as the Madras Agricultural College and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute. Armed with knowledge and steadfast dedication, Swaminathan embarked on a mission to develop high-yielding varieties of wheat and rice capable of thriving in India’s diverse agricultural conditions.
His groundbreaking work paved the way for what would become the “Green Revolution” in India—a transformative agricultural movement that significantly bolstered crop yields and ensured food security for millions. Swaminathan’s leadership and vision played a pivotal role in making India self-sufficient in wheat and rice production.
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