Bharat Ratna for Narasimha Rao, Charan Singh, MS Swaminathan
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that former Indian Prime Ministers Chaudhary Charan Singh and PV Narasimha Rao will be conferred the Bharat Ratna. Along with them, MS Swaminathan also known as the father of the green revolution will also be awarded the country's highest civilian award.
The announcements came in three separate posts on X, wherein PM Modi paid tribute to each personality individually.
Born on June 28, 1921, in Karimnagar, Telangana, being an agriculturist and an advocate, Narsimha Rao joined politics and held some important portfolios. He was the Minister of Law and Information, 1962-64; Law and Endowments, 1964-67; Health and Medicine, 1967 and Education, 1968-71, Government of Andhra Pradesh. He was the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh from 1971-73 and General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee from 1975-76.
In another post, PM Modi said this honour is dedicated to the former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh's incomparable contribution to the country.
The PM Modi said that this honour is dedicated to the former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh's incomparable contribution to the country.
In the latest of the Bharat Ratna announcements, Modi said Swaminathan's visionary leadership has not only transformed Indian agriculture but also ensured the nation's food security and prosperity.
Swaminathan, a prominent figure in Indian agriculture famed for his leading role in India's 'Green Revolution', will be conferred the honour posthumously, the Prime Minister said.
On September 28, last year Swaminathan passed away at the age of 98 at his residence in Chennai.
Trained as a plant geneticist, Swaminathan's significant contributions to India's agricultural sector have earned him a reputation as the scientific leader of India's green revolution movement. His work has been instrumental in the agricultural renaissance of India.
India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that our government under the leadership of PM Modi ji has taken cognizance of this for the first time. We make such decisions only after rising above politics.
BJP National President JP Nadda also extended his wishes and said that the work done by Chaudhary Charan Singh for farmers is unforgettable.