Bharat Ratna to Chaudhary Charan Singh, PV Narasimha Rao, Dr. MS Swaminathan
| IOP Desk - 09 Feb 2024

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New Delhi, February 9, 2024- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced Government of India’s decision to confer the prestigious Bharat Ratna upon former Prime Ministers PV Narasimha Rao and Chaudhary Charan Singh, along with esteemed scientist Dr. MS Swaminathan.

Narasimha Rao, who steered India as Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996, is hailed as the architect of India's economic liberalization.

Charan Singh, known for his advocacy of workers' and farmers' rights, briefly held the prime ministerial office in 1979.

Dr. MS Swaminathan, a pioneering scientist, is revered as the driving force behind India's green revolution.

In a post on X, PM Modi expressed his delight, citing Narasimha Rao's extensive service to the nation in various roles, including Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and Union Minister. He praised Narasimha Rao's visionary leadership, which propelled India towards economic prosperity and growth.

Separately, PM Modi hailed Charan Singh's dedication to farmers' welfare and his steadfast commitment to democracy, even during challenging times like the Emergency.

He also celebrated Dr. MS Swaminathan's monumental contributions to agriculture and farmers' welfare, emphasizing his pivotal role in modernizing Indian agriculture and ensuring food security for the nation.

The announcement adds to the list of esteemed individuals honored with the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor.

Narasimha Rao's illustrious career spanned various roles, including agriculturist, advocate, and prominent political figure.

Charan Singh's legacy as a freedom fighter and champion of farmers is deeply ingrained in Indian history.

Dr. MS Swaminathan's transformative contributions to Indian agriculture have earned him global recognition as the "Father of Economic Ecology."

The conferral of the Bharat Ratna upon these distinguished personalities underscores their profound impact on India's development trajectory and their enduring legacy in shaping the nation's future.

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