On the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi (January 30), his life and work are relevant even more now than when he lived. His concept of non-violent, non-cooperation helped many countries to achieve freedom from colonial rule without bloodshed. Gandhiji also wanted that our rural women and men should be empowered to lead a life characterized by health and happiness. His method of producing crops without harm to environment was termed by me in my 1973 Sardar Patel lecture as Gandhian Agriculture. On the occasion of his death anniversary we should recall the pathway he had shown for developing a country characterised by peace and prosperity. The other important message relating to Gandhiji’s work is giving respect to all religions, caste and communities.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.