Bharat Ratna for MS Swaminathan?
New Delhi: Prof MS Swaminathan, eminent agricultural scientist and one of the founders of the Green Revolution will soon be honoured with Bharat Ratna, the country's top civilian award. This was announced here by Jayanthi Natarajan, minister of state for environment and forests.
"Prof Swaminathan is a national treasure. No other scientist in India has influenced the government, farmers and the civil society as he has. The government will soon make an announcement about honouring him with the Bharat Ratna ," Natarajan said while releasing the 21st annual report of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, a Chennai-based initiative launched by him to help the country's farming community on sustainable development.
The scientist told 'DNA' he was moved by the words of the minister. "When friends and well wishers speak good things about me, I consider it as if they are speaking about someone else. Hence it will not go to my head," he said.
Prof Swaminathan will become the eighth person from Tamil Nadu to be honoured with Bharat Ratna. The Nobel Prize and the Bharat Ratna are the two recognitions that have eluded the scientist.
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