Elder statesman, administrator, social thinker, speaker and writer, Shri C. Subramaniam was first and foremost a patriot devoted, in pre-independence days to the cause of freedom; and later to the development of the country; and the preservation of its rich cultural heritage. As a member of the Constituent Assembly, he immensely contributed in shaping the Constitution of India. As a major political administrator for more than four decades, he served as the Minister of Finance and Education at the erstwhile Madras State Legislative Assembly and later at the Union Cabinet. He held several important portfolios as a Union Minister like Planning, Defence, notably Food and Agriculture, Steel and Heavy Industries, and Science and Technology. He also held various significant positions like Chairman of Agriculture Commission; Chairman of Aeronautics Commission; Governor of Maharashtra and President of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan world wide among others. With his courageous attitude, strategic decision-making abilities and innovative approach; he has left his mark on almost every field of national significance may it be agriculture, finance, science & technology, education, policy-making, steel & heavy industry or national defence.
Among all his significant contributions to our nation-building, he will be gratefully remembered as the Architect of India’s Green Revolution, which transformed the country from a precarious “ship-to-mouth” existence to food surplus nation.
Mr. Subramaniam was awarded with the nation’s highest civilian honour of the Bharat Ratna for his contribution to Green Revlution in India. He is a receipent of Y.B. Chavan Award for National Integration and as well as International honours such as the ‘U Thant Peace Award’ and ‘Borlaug Award’ among others.
As a parting gift to his nation on his 90th birthday, he founded the National Agro Foundation (NAF), with the vision to create a prosperous rural India through rural innovations.