Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, hailed as the architect of India's Green Revolution, passed away at 98.
His monumental contributions reshaped India's agricultural landscape, elevating the nation from a state of food insecurity to self-sufficiency.
In the bleak mid-1960s, when India faced crippling drought and was heavily reliant on food imports, Swaminathan's groundbreaking work in wheat and rice genetics led to dramatic yield improvements.
Collaborating with political figures like C. Subramaniam and Jagjivan Ram, he executed the Green Revolution, integrating chemical-biological technologies that revolutionized food production.
Dr. Swaminathan received numerous accolades including the Ramon Magsaysay award and the Padma Bhushan.
He served in various high-profile roles, from Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research to Chairman of the National Commission on Farmers.
He founded the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation with a vision to leverage science and technology for rural development.
Beyond his scientific contributions, his lasting legacy lies in fostering a food-secure India, reducing the nation's dependency on imports, and enhancing livelihoods for millions of farmers.
His demise leaves a profound void, but his work and impact remain an indelible part of India’s agricultural history