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PM Modi condoles death of MS Swaminathan

News Agencies | Updated on: 28 September 2023, 14:36 IST
PM Modi condoles death of MS Swaminathan

Chennai (Tamil Nadu): India has lost a visionary leader in the field of agriculture, as  MS Swaminathan, renowned for his pioneering role in India's "Green Revolution," passed away in Chennai on September 28, at the age of 98.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of MS Swaminathan recalling his interactions with the agriculture scientist.

"Deeply saddened by the demise of Dr. MS 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" the Prime Minister said in a post on X. 

"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" the Prime Minister added. 

"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" the Prime Minister further said.

Born on August 7, 1925, in Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, fondly known as MS Swaminathan, leaves behind a legacy that has forever altered the landscape of Indian agriculture and global food security.

Swaminathan's lifelong journey into the world 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 the acute shortage of rice.

This humanitarian crisis deeply moved the young Swaminathan, igniting his passion for agricultural research and his commitment to ending hunger. His personal motivation led him to pursue education at prestigious institutions such as the Madras Agricultural College and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute.

Armed with knowledge and unwavering 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 ground-breaking work paved the way for what would become the "Green Revolution" in India—an agricultural transformation that significantly increased 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.


First published: 28 September 2023, 14:36 IST