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Leading by Example – Dr. M. S. Swaminathan

 

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Dr M.S. Swaminathan is a renowned Indian scientist. He is the founder of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. His vision is to rid the world of hunger and poverty.

He was born in 1925 in Madras (Chennai), Tamil Nadu. He is 96 years old and still going strong!

Dr Swaminathan was greatly affected by the great Bengal famine of 1943 during which scarcity of food resulted in many deaths. This made him decide to study agricultural science.

Philanthropic (wanting to help people) by nature, he wanted to help poor farmers increase their food production. His efforts made a big contribution to the success of India’s Green Revolution program.

What was the Green Revolution in India?

The Green Revolution was a program under which high-yielding varieties of wheat and rice saplings were distributed to poor farmers.

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This program went a long way in making India self-sufficient in wheat and rice production.

Dr Swaminathan also introduced the Mexican semi-dwarf wheat plants as well as modern farming methods in India.

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Awards and recognition

Dr Swaminathan has received several national and international awards for his contribution to the field of agriculture and biodiversity.

Moreover, TIME magazine has declared him as one of the 20 most influential Asians of the 20th century.

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