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    Dr M S Swaminathan: The Architect of India’s Green Revolution, Awarded ‘Bharat Ratna’

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    The Father of the Indian Green Revolution, Dr M S Swaminathan, has been honored with the prestigious Bharat Ratna (posthumous). This recognition shows the lasting impact of India’s scientific community on the country’s progress.

    Dr. Swaminathan played a crucial role in solving India’s food crisis in the 1960s. He believed that if agriculture fails, nothing else in the country can succeed. His innovative work in developing high-yielding varieties of wheat and rice helped India achieve food self-sufficiency by the late 1980s.

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    During a challenging period in 1965, India faced a severe food shortage, and Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri asked citizens to skip one meal a week to address the crisis. The United States also provided foodgrains under the PL480 program, which was a significant moment for international relations.

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    Dr. Swaminathan’s impact went beyond India’s borders. He was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 20 most influential Asians of the 20th century and was acknowledged by the UN Environment Programme as the ‘Father of Economic Ecology.’

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    As chairman of the National Commission on Farmers, Dr. Swaminathan addressed the issue of farmer suicides and proposed important recommendations to support farmers, such as fixing the Minimum Support Price above the average cost of production.

    His contributions have been internationally acclaimed, earning him awards like the World Food Prize and the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership. The Bharat Ratna adds another achievement to his illustrious career, diversifying a list that is often dominated by politicians and activists.

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    Dr. Swaminathan’s legacy serves as an inspiration for aspiring scientists in India. His vision and dedication to addressing hunger and poverty, along with his scientific innovations, have made a lasting impact on the country’s agricultural landscape. His inclusion in the Bharat Ratna awardees will undoubtedly inspire future generations pursuing careers in science.

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