October 16, 2023
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Online via Zoom and CPR Conference Room
Senior Visiting Fellow, CPR
The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) presents:
In the Centre
A 50th Anniversary Lecture Series
Featuring a lecture by Harish Damodaran on
From Green to Evergreen Revolution: Remembering Dr. M.S. Swaminathan
Monday, 16 October 2023, 6 PM IST at the CPR office conference room (Dharma Marg, New Delhi) and online via Zoom.
About the lecture:
“From Green to Evergreen Revolution: Remembering Dr. M.S. Swaminathan” looks at the critical ingredients and strategy that transformed India from a ship-to-mouth importer of foodgrains to a country capable of feeding its people, including during the Covid-induced crisis. It also highlights the limitations of the strategy, particularly the diminishing crop yield response to increased nutrient and water use, and a possible way forward to conserve the gains of the Green Revolution and turning it – in Dr Swaminathan’s own words – into an Evergreen Revolution.
About the speaker:
Harish Damodaran is a Senior Visiting Fellow at CPR. He is a journalist with close to 32 years of experience as a field reporter, and editorial analyst with the Press Trust of India, The Hindu Business Line and The Indian Express. Currently National Rural Affairs & Agriculture Editor with The Indian Express, his work and area of interest includes the farm sector, macroeconomics, business and social history.
Damodaran is the author of India’s New Capitalists: Caste, Business, and Industry in a Modern Nation which looks at the evolution of India’s capitalist class since Independence, specifically the widening of its social base beyond traditional mercantile communities. India’s New Capitalists won the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award under the Books (Non-Fiction) category for 2008-09.
Damodaran is also the author of a recent book Broke to Breakthrough: The Rise of India’s Largest Private Dairy Company which won the Gaja Capital Business Book Prize for 2022.