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Obituary – Dr. R Dwarakinath

Dr. R. Dwarakinath

(1926-2018)

Dr. R Dwarakinath, one of the pioneers of the country’s agricultural extension system and the founder Chair person of AMEF, passed away on 29th September 2018.

Dr. Dwarakinath, who relentlessly strived for promoting sustainable agriculture, was known for his vision, clarity of purpose, deep commitment for farmer’s welfare and forceful suggestions for simple and doable action. With an enviable academic background, he handled illustrious positions.  He was bestowed with civilian honors by the State of Karnataka. He was  considered as Bhisma Pitamaha of agricultural development and extension.

The most distinctive feature of his professional background was not resting on his laurels, but being incredibly successful in bringing his vision operationalised with farming communities. This he did consistently in every position he held – as Director of Agriculture, Vice Chancellor, Chairperson and member of several policy making bodies and as Chairman, AME Foundation.

He was an excellent communicator too. His deep sense of commitment for farmer centric agricultural development reflected in his writings which had deep clarity of purpose, clear sense of direction, profound vision, and simple practical solutions. His contributions on dry land farming are pragmatic and thought provoking.  Besides being an excellent orator and communicator, a popular teacher and a farmer’s friend, he was simple at heart and relentless in his commitment to help the farmers.