Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday condoled the demise of eminent agricultural scientist and ‘Father of the Green Revolution’ in India Dr MS Swaminathan, saying the nation is not going to solely miss an ideal scientist however a nationwide icon, who was additionally instrumental in shaping a scientific mood amongst our individuals.

In a submit on X, Kharge mentioned, “Our deepest condolences on the passing away of Dr MS Swaminathan — the key architect of India’s Green Revolution. A legendary scientist and a Padma Vibhushan recipient, his unmatched contribution to the field of agricultural science and his transformative intervention in making India self-sufficient in food grains shall always be cherished.”

He mentioned that United Nations Environment Programme has referred to as him the ‘Father of Economic Ecology’, a richly-deserved pseudonym.

“A great Institution builder, an able administrator and above all a humanitarian, his leadership as Director General of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines earned him the World Food Prize in 1987, recognized as the Nobel or the highest honour in the field of agriculture, ” the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha mentioned.

“India will not only miss a great scientist but a national icon, who was also instrumental in shaping a scientific temper among our people, ” Kharge added.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, too, condoled the passing away of Dr Swaminathan and mentioned that his steadfast dedication to revolutionising India’s agriculture turned the nation right into a meals surplus one.

In a submit on X, Rahul Gandhi mentioned, “Dr MS Swaminathan’s steadfast commitment to revolutionising India’s agriculture turned us into a food surplus country. His legacy as the Father of the Green Revolution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences go out to his loved ones during this time of loss.”

Dr Swaminathan breathed his final on Thursday at 11.15 a.m. on the age of 98 in Chennai. Born on August 7, 1925 in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur district, he was an agronomist, agricultural scientist, plant geneticist, administrator, and humanitarian who performed a vital function in growing high-yielding kinds of paddy that helped guarantee India’s low-income farmers produce extra yield.

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