Former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, agricultural scientist Dr. MS Swaminathan, and farmer leader Chaudhary Charan Singh were posthumously awarded India's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
Narasimha Rao: Visionary Leader of Economic Transformation
PM Modi lauded Rao's extensive service to India, highlighting his roles as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Union Minister, and Member of Parliament and Legislative Assembly. He credited Rao's visionary leadership with facilitating India's economic advancement and laying a strong foundation for its prosperity. During his tenure as Prime Minister, Rao implemented significant measures to integrate India into global markets, ushering in a new era of economic development. PM Modi also acknowledged Rao's contributions to India's foreign policy, language, and education sectors
Charan Singh: Champion of Farmers' Rights
PM Modi praised Chaudhary Charan Singh for his lifelong dedication to advocating for the rights and welfare of farmers. He acknowledged Singh's commitment to nation-building, citing his roles as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Home Minister, as well as his staunch opposition to the Emergency. PM Modi recognized Singh's unwavering commitment to improving the lives of farmers.
MS Swaminathan: Architect of Agricultural Modernization
PM Modi highlighted Dr. MS Swaminathan's pivotal role in achieving self-reliance in agriculture and modernizing Indian agriculture during challenging times. He commended Swaminathan's contributions as an innovator and mentor, noting his efforts in fostering learning and research among students. PM Modi recognized Swaminathan's visionary leadership in transforming Indian agriculture and ensuring food security and prosperity for the nation.
Amidst Criticism, Recognition for All
This announcement comes amidst recent criticism from PM Modi regarding the Congress party's alleged neglect in awarding the Bharat Ratna to other deserving leaders. However, the conferment upon these three individuals demonstrates a broader recognition of diverse contributions across various fields, solidifying the Bharat Ratna's significance as a national honor.