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133/365 – C Subramaniam

Chidambaram Subramaniam (January 30, 1910 – November 7, 2000), was an Indian statesman (Indian Independence activist, State minister, Central minister and Governor of state). He was the man who ushered in an era of self-sufficiency in food production in India.

Personal Information

Subramaniam was born on January 30, 1910, in a village called Senguttaipalayam, Pollachi taluk, Coimbatore district.

Subramaniam completed his early education in Pollachi before moving to Chennai where he did a B.Sc in Physics at the Presidency College, Chennai. Later he took a degree in law at the Law college, Chennai.


Subramaniam participated in the freedom struggle actively and went to prison. He was later elected to the Constituent Assembly and had a hand in the framing of the Constitution of India.

Subramaniam is best known as the architect of India’s modern agricultural development policy, after the success of his programme which led to a record production of wheat in 1972 — an achievement termed as the Indian Green Revolution.

As Minister for Food and Agriculture, he played a decisive role in the introduction of high-yielding varieties of seeds and more intensive application of fertilizers which paved the way for increased output of cereals in the late 60s and attainment of self-sufficiency in food-grains in the country.

Among his proteges who are notable in their own right are M.S. Swaminathan, who played a major role in translating the dream of a ‘green revolution’ into reality; former Agriculture Secretary B. Sivaraman, and Verghese Kurien Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board.

He was the founder of National Agro Foundation, Chennai and Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli.


He has received the following awards
Bharat Ratna (the nation’s highest civilian honour) in 1998.
Y.B. Chavan National Integration Award.
U Thant peace award and Norman Borlaug award in 1996.
Anuvrat award (1988).

A commemorative coin of him, was released in August 2010.

– War on Poverty.
– The New Strategy in Indian Agriculture.
– Some Countries which I visited Round The World.
– The India of My Dreams.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C_Subramaniam

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