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.
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. pic.twitter.com/BjLxHtAjC4
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 28, 2023
MS Swaminathan’s daughter Soumya Swaminathan said, “He was not keeping well for the last few days. His end came very peacefully this morning. Till the end, he was committed to the farmers’ welfare and to the upliftment of the poorest in society.” Dr Soumya Swaminathan, former Deputy Director General at the World Health Organisation told media.
Swaminathan, renowned for his pioneering role in India’s “Green Revolution,” passed away at the age of 98 at his residence here following age-related issues.
Apart from Sowmya, the legendary agricultural scientist is survived by two more daughters- Madhura Swaminathan who is a professor at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore and Nitya Rao who is director at the NISD at UK’s University of East Anglia. His wife Mina Swaminathan passed away last year in March.
#WATCH | Dr Soumya Swaminathan, former Chief Scientist and former Deputy Director General at the WHO and daughter of MS Swaminathan, says, "…He was not keeping well for the last few days… His end came very peacefully this morning… Till the end, he was committed to the… https://t.co/n8B313Q2et pic.twitter.com/0BKDqqXbse
— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2023
On behalf of the family, I would like to thank everyone who has expressed their wishes… I hope that the three of us daughters will continue the legacy that my father and my mother, Mina Swaminathan, have shown us,” Sowmya Swaminathan said.
Further, Soumya added that her father was one of the few people who recognised that women are neglected in agriculture. He had taken a lot of initiatives to promote women’s empowerment, she said.
“His ideas have led to programs like the Mahila Sashaktikaran Yojana, meant to support women farmers. When he was a member of the Sixth Planning Commission, for the first time, there was a chapter on gender and environment included… These are the two contributions of which he was very proud,” Sowmya Swaminathan said.
(with inputs from ANI)