Washington, DC - Early August saw the Indian Green Revolution of the last century coming alive at the official ambassadorial residence in Washington, DC, as dignitaries celebrated and paid homage to the work and vision of the Nobel Laureate who brought food and hope for millions across the globe, including India.
The 50th anniversary of Norman Ernest Borlaug's first visit to India in March 1963 was recognized on August 7, as Nirupama Rao, the Ambassador of India to the US, detailed the contributions of Borlaug to global food security and to India’s transformation from dependence to self-sustenance in cereal production.
Offering insights into the driving motivations of the man who is credited with saving a billion lives, Ambassador Rao described Borlaug as a person who had firsthand experience of hunger and human misery, and who understood the risks and perils of subsistence farming. Borlaug regarded kindness as the noblest weapon, said Rao, and he believed in pursuing dreams against all odds, yet maintained humility and anonymity, despite being a recipient of the highest medals of honor.
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