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India stands transformed in many ways from the times when I grew up here as a kid. The present generation in India might actually be astonished to know that in the 1950s and 1960s, India was perpetually short on food grains. Starvation and hunger were real threats and many lost their lives.

In this context, entered Dr. Norman Borlaug and he – through his efforts and sheer persistence facing tremendous odds against him- ushered in what came to be called the Green Revolution. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970.

Today India is relatively a land of plenty. Our agricultural sector has become strong over the decades and we are more than self sufficient when it comes to food grain.

I was saddened to hear that Dr. Borlaug passed away recently at the ripe old age of 95. May God rest his soul in peace. We in India owe him a debt we can never repay. On behalf of millions of my countrymen who gained from his work, this is a small tribute.

As was rightly said he did save millions from starvation.