Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today that the prestigious Bharat Ratna will be conferred upon former Prime Ministers PV Narasimha Rao and Charan Singh and renowned scientist Dr. MS Swaminathan.
PV Narasimha Rao: Architect of Economic Liberalisation
PV Narasimha Rao, who served as the Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996, is widely recognised as the architect of India’s economic liberalisation. “As a distinguished scholar and statesman, Narasimha Rao Garu served India extensively in various capacities,” the Prime Minister wrote. “His visionary leadership was instrumental in making India economically advanced, laying a solid foundation for the country’s prosperity and growth.”
Charan Singh: Champion of Farmers’ Rights
Chaudhary Charan Singh, a lifelong advocate for farmers’ rights, briefly served as the Prime Minister in 1979. “It is the good fortune of our government that former Prime Minister of the country Chaudhary Charan Singh is being honored with Bharat Ratna,” PM Modi wrote. “His dedication to our farmer brothers and sisters and his commitment to democracy during the Emergency is inspiring to the entire nation.”
Dr. MS Swaminathan: Father of the Green Revolution
Dr. MS Swaminathan, a renowned scientist, is known as the architect of India’s Green Revolution. “It is a matter of immense joy that the Government of India is conferring the Bharat Ratna on Dr. MS Swaminathan Ji, in recognition of his monumental contributions to our nation in agriculture and farmers’ welfare,” the Prime Minister added. “Dr. Swaminathan’s visionary leadership has not only transformed Indian agriculture but also ensured the nation’s food security and prosperity.”
The Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award in India, conferred in recognition of exceptional service or performance of the highest order. The government had earlier announced the country’s highest civilian honour for L K Advani and Karpoori Thakur.