One of the architects of India’s modern agricultural development policy, Chidambaram Subramaniam was born on 30th January 1910.
Subramaniam was born in Pollachi in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu. He completed his B.Sc in Physics from Presidency College, Chennai. Later, he enrolled himself for in Madras Law College.
During the tenure as Minister for Food and Agriculture, he ushered the Indian Green Revolution, along with M. S. Swaminathan, B. Sivaraman, and Norman E. Borlaug. This helped the country attain higher production of cereals, thus achieving a state of self-sufficiency in food production.
Prior to this position, he served several ministerial posts in the Union Cabinet, including Minister Finance, Minister of Defence, and Governor of Maharashtra. He also participated in the freedom struggle actively and went to prison.
Subramaniam conferred with India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna in 1998, for his role in ushering Green Revolution. To honor this great leader India post has issued a commemorative postage stamp in 2010.
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