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Father Of India’s ‘Green Revolution’, MS Swaminathan Passes Away at 98; Ministers, Scientists Pay Tribute

Dr Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, the ‘Father of the Green Revolution’ who dedicated his life to revolutionising agriculture and ensuring food security for all, passed away in his Chennai home on September 28

Father Of India's 'Green Revolution', MS Swaminathan Passes Away at 98; Ministers, Scientists Pay Tribute
The death of renowned agricultural scientist is a profound loss to the scientific community but his legacy endures and will continue to guide the world towards sustainable food security and agricultural innovation, scientists say

New Delhi: Renowned agricultural scientist and the “Father of India’s Green Revolution”, MS Swaminathan, died on Friday (September 29), in Chennai at the age of 98. Dr Swaminathan’s groundbreaking contributions to agriculture revolutionised food security in India and earned him global recognition. Survived by his three daughters, Soumya Swaminathan, Madhura Swaminathan, and Nitya Swaminathan, his legacy is marked by a lifelong dedication to sustainable agriculture. The death of renowned agricultural scientist is a profound loss to the scientific community but his legacy endures and will continue to guide the world towards sustainable food security and agricultural innovation, scientists say.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to X (formally Twitter), to pay homage to the father of ‘Green Revolution’.

 

President Droupadi Murmu also paid tribute to Prof. Swaminathan.

Dr Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, the ‘Father of the Green Revolution’ who dedicated his life to revolutionising agriculture and ensuring food security for all, passed away in his Chennai home on Thursday. He was 98. Agriculturist Ranjitha Puskar, country representative for India and research at the Manila-headquartered International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), told PTI,

All of us have benefited immensely, directly or indirectly, from his vast contributions over the years. Without the Green Revolution in India, which he spearheaded, we would not have achieved food security.

She said his death was a tremendous loss to the scientific community in general and the agriculture fraternity in particular.

Mr Swaminathan, who dedicated his life to revolutionising agriculture and ensuring food security for all, leaves behind a legacy of innovation and dedication to sustainable farming, experts said. They are unanimous in their sentiment that his contribution to the field will serve as an enduring beacon, guiding the world towards sustainable food security and pioneering agricultural innovations.

In food researcher Mamata Pradhan’s words, Swaminathan was a visionary, an inspiration, and a role model. She said,

I was really fortunate to have worked with him very closely from 2007 to 2014 when we formed a coalition for food and nutrition security. He truly revolutionised Indian agriculture, worked towards self-sufficiency in food production when India was grappling with the threat of food insecurity and transformed India from a net importer of food grains to being a lead exporter to the global food basket. He was always looking for solutions for sustainable farming and improving the lives of the farmers.

Mr Swaminathan was born in Kumbakonam on August 7, 1925. His father’s involvement in the freedom movement and Mahatma Gandhi’s influence inspired his passion for agricultural science.

He worked closely with former prime ministers of India, playing a pivotal role in the success of the Green Revolution, catapulting India from being a net food importer to a leading exporter and ensuring a “Hunger-free India & World”, according to his foundation.

Describing him “the greatest agricultural scientist the world has ever seen”, J Justin Mohan, former secretary of the National Biodiversity Authority, said Swaminathan’s contribution to designing agricultural policies and schemes helped not only India but other countries as well.

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The tributes poured in.

Environmentalist Sunita Narain took to ‘X’ (formerly Twitter) to thank Mr Swaminathan for his vast contribution to the world.

T Jayaraman, senior fellow – climate change, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation, remembered the many contributions of its founder and mentor.

 

ICAR paid homage to Prof. Swaminathan, the architect of the green revolution in India.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, and several other leaders from the two agrarian states expressed grief at the death of agricultural scientist.

Punjab CM Mann took to X (formally Twitter) saying,

This loss can never be filled.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah condoled the death of Agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan and called him a legendary figure in India’s economic history who transformed India’s agriculture sector.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu also paid his tribute to Prof Swaminathan.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the demise of eminent agricultural scientist was an “irreparable loss to the world of science”.

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar also paid tribute the to legendary scientist.

Expressing deep sorrow, Maharashtra Governor Ramesh Bais said,

Dr Swaminathan transformed the face of Indian agriculture and was instrumental in making India ‘Atma Nirbhar’ in the production of food grains. In his demise, India lost a one-man Agricultural University.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin paid floral tribute.

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