TAMIL NADU

When role models meet

IT WAS a meeting of two famous persons who made a revolution in agriculture. One is an international figure known for his part in the Green Revolution and the other who rose to national fame for her work at the grass root level.

The two luminaries, M.S. Swaminathan and `Kalanjiyam' founder, Chinnapillai, shared the dais at Tata Dhan Academy in Madurai on Tuesday.

Ms. Chinnapillai, who is today a role model because of the part she played in the self-help group movement, experienced a moment she is not likely to forget soon when the former Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee, touched her feet while presenting her the `Stree Puraskar' award.

At the function, the simple village woman adorned the convocation robes and came in procession along with the well-known agricultural scientist as several beneficiaries of her micro-credit movement stood in respect.

It was only natural that the farmers and villagers who attended the function were enthused by the presence of two inspirational figures.

Dr. Swaminathan poured out his ideas to boost agricultural growth.

The success stories of the two individuals became a national legend as both of them made a significant impact on the nations fortunes.

in Madurai.

From Shastry V Mallady in Madurai.

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