M.S. Swaminathan, a renowned agricultural scientist, regarded as the father of green
revolution and key architect of the ‘Green Revolution’, passed away at the age of 98 in
Chennai. According to his family, Swaminathan passed away at his residence in
Teynampet at 11. 15 am, following the age related ailments. He was survived by his
three daughters: Dr. Soumya Swaminanthan, Dr. Madhura Swaminanthan , and Nitya
Swaminanthan. Daughter of MS Swaminathan, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, told that her
father was committed to work for the welfare of the poorest and the farmers till the end.
Swaminathan was an Indian agronomist, agricultural scientist, plant geneticist,
administrator, and humanitarian who led the global green revolution. He introduced
high-yielding wheat and rice varieties, saving India and Pakistan from famine-like
conditions in the 1960s. Swaminathan’s leadership at the International Rice Research
Institute earned him the first World Food Prize in 1987.
Dr. Swaminanthan and his success
Dr. Swaminathan collaborated with Union Agriculture Ministers C. Subramaniam and
Jagjivan Ram to successfully implement the ‘Green Revolution’, enhancing wheat and
rice production through chemical-biological technology adaptation. He brought positive
changes in the lives of many farmers, agriculture and food security.
In 1967, he received Padma Shri, the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community
leadership in 1971, and was also awarded Padma Bhushan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoles the demise of Dr. M.S Swaminanthan, said will
always cherish conversations with him. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed
sadness over the death of Dr. MS Swaminathan Ji, a scientist whose groundbreaking
work in agriculture transformed millions’ lives and ensured food security.
He recalled the interactions and conversations he made with the legendary scientist. He
said India lost a visionary and great leader in the field of agriculture. He said that
Swaminanthan was a powerhouse of innovation and nurtured many. He was commited
towards his research and mentorship. 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.