Felix was sitting gloomily, watching his plants. Scorch sat beside him and said, “What’s the matter, Felix?”
“The Father of Green Revolution passed away recently, Scorch,” replied Felix.
“That’s sad to hear,” said Scorch and put her hand on Felix’s shoulder, “Can you tell me more about this person, Felix?”
“Of course,” began Felix, “Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan was a famous agricultural scientist from India. He was born in Tamil Nadu, a state in India, in 1925.
During the Second World War, M.S. Swaminathan saw people without food during a famine in India in 1943. He decided to study agriculture to ensure India had enough food.
After completing his degrees in India, he earned a doctorate from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 1952.
After returning to India, he joined with Norman Borlaug, an American agriculture scientist. Together, they tested different crops as India was moving towards famine. Thus, the Green Revolution began.”
“What is Green Revolution?” asked Scorch.
Felix replied, “Green revolution is where modern farming methods were employed instead of traditional farming.
MS Swaminathan used fertilizers, chemicals, and pesticides to increase crop growth in India. He helped India escape from a huge crisis.
Later, he received the prestigious Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, and the Padma Vibhushan awards.
He died on September 28 of this year aged 98.”
“The world will always remember the Father of Green Revolution for his outstanding contribution!” remarked Scorch.