It is well said that “farming” is the backbone of our society and a farmer is someone who not only grows food to feed us but also raises sons, strengthening our nation and instilling pride in our people.
Many people in important positions today come from an agricultural background. Almost everyone who shared their experiences credited their farming background with keeping them physically fit and also providing them with the mental toughness to overcome tough tasks. They were nurtured and encouraged by their parents, who were farmers, along the way, all of which contributed to their success.
We recently witnessed a landslide victory for a farmer’s son, Jagdeep Dhankhar, who became vice-president of our country. This is a happy time for the entire farming community! And, believe me, the list of such people from agriculture is long. Let’s start by telling you about the accomplishments of the brave sons of farmers:
1. Jagdeep Dhankhar: Farmer’s Son to Vice President
The first person on our list is none other than ‘Jagdeep Dhankhar’, who recently won a landslide victory and will become the country’s 14th vice-president. On July 11, he will be sworn in. Yes, he won with 528 votes out of a total of 725 votes cast.
The BJP called Dhankhar “Kisan Putra” when announcing his candidacy for vice president, a move seen in political circles as an attempt to reach out to the politically important Jat community, which had participated in large number to farmers a year. ‘ Border protests in the nation’s capital against agriculture reform measures unveiled in June 2020.
Jagdeep Dhankhar hails from Jhuzhunu district in Rajasthan and served as Governor of West Bengal before his election as Vice President. Simultaneously, after being nominated as the BJP candidate, he resigned as governor. Dhankhar comes from a farming family, just like his father, Gokul Chandra Dhankhar.
2. K Sivan: Farmer’s Son to ISRO President
The son of a humble farmer who attended the local Tamil-language government schools in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu attained the highest position in ISRO. From January 2018 to January 2022, he served as Secretary for Space, Chairman of the Space Commission and Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
He joined ISRO in 1982 and worked on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) project, where he made significant contributions to mission planning, design, integration and analysis. During his time at ISRO, he was responsible for various tasks. “This is a rare opportunity,” Sivan said of his promotion to president. It’s a legendary position, and I accept it with humility.”
Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, including a Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Sathyabama University, Chennai in April 2014 and the Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in 1999.
3. Dr. Ravi Kanth Medithi: Farmer’s Son to IAS Officer
The journey of Dr. Ravi Kanth Medithi (former IAS officer and former Chairman and Managing Director of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited, or HUDCO) is an inspiration not only to the farming community, but to everyone. He recently visited Krishi Jagran and shared his struggles as a farmer’s son who grew up in the paddy fields of a small hamlet in the Krishna-Godavari delta region known as the Rice Bowl of India. ‘India. His journey was one of the tough hurdles and struggles he had to overcome to get to where he is now. Dr. Medithi, a former IAS officer, is a modest and humble man whose life motto is “Live the light and give the light”.
He has visited 64 cities in 37 countries, served as an Indian Administrative Service Officer in the 1986 Kerala Cadre lot, and was the former Chairman and Managing Director of Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited, or HUDCO. Dr. Medithi received the Newslink Legend CMD Award for his outstanding work at HUDCO.
4. Pankaj Tripathi: From Farmer’s Son to Best Actor
Pankaj Tripathi, a farmer’s son, worked on farms before winning the hearts of audiences with his wonderfully nuanced performances in films like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and shows like Criminal Justice, Mirzapur and Sacred Games.
Tripathi hails from the village of Belsand in Bihar. He grew up in the village and took part in amateur-level plays as a child, mainly playing the role of a girl on screen. He moved to Patna for higher education, where his life finally took a turn for the better.
He joined the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the campus wing of the BJP, at the university and was imprisoned for a week for participating in a student movement. Tripathi discovered an entirely new world when he entered the prison’s small barracks.
He had no big goals. He just wanted to make enough money to cover his rent. After years of playing minor roles, he was cast in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur, which changed his life. He is now one of the most sought after actors in Bollywood.
5. Sudhakar Tomar: A farmer’s son to a multi-millionaire in the United Arab Emirates
Sudhakar Tomar’s journey as a farmer’s son from Hardoi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is inspiring. His success story comes straight from the United Arab Emirates, where he is now a multi-millionaire entrepreneur in the food industry. Even for someone like Tomar, who has deep roots in agribusiness, being a farmer in India is as difficult as it gets.
“My father was a farmer in the rural district of Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh.” It is about 100 kilometers from Lucknow. I used to accompany my father to the farms as a child, watching him work hard to earn a living. “The image of him on the farm is still very clear in my mind,” he said in an interview.
The time Tomar spent with his father on farm visits laid the foundation for his career and life journey. “I remember my beginnings as a nomad when I was a child. I accompanied my father on trips to learn about agriculture and agriculture. Moreover, the knowledge I acquired through these experiences m ‘gave me a lot of confidence and made me realize how important he is. It’s also helped him “connect with people from all walks of life, understand their needs and have the will to survive,” said he added.
6. Natarajan Chandrasekaran: farmer’s son to president of Tata Sons
The chairman of Tata Sons is Natarajan Chandrasekaran. He left his family farm in Namakkal district in Tamil Nadu to pursue computer programming instead of farming. Chandra, as the chairman of the Tata Group is affectionately known in business circles, has enrolled in a postgraduate computer science course at Tiruchirappalli Regional College of Engineering.
He started his career with the Tata Group in 1986 as an intern at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). In 1987, he became a full-time employee of the company after only two months as an engineer. Since then, Chandrasekaran has remained an employee of Tata. He gradually rose through the ranks of the organization over the course of 35 years. In the 1990s, he moved into management. He became the company’s CEO in 2009, after helping TCS become a household name around the world. In 2017, he was appointed chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the Tata Group, which has interests in more than 30 industries, including chemicals, automotive, consultancy services, hospitality and steel.
7. Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Farmer’s Son to Bollywood’s Most Wanted Actor
Nawazuddin is the ninth child of a North Indian farmer and one of the new faces of independent Hindi cinema. This is a far cry from his humble beginnings in Uttar Pradesh, where he became the village’s first chemistry graduate. After studying drama at the National School of Drama in Delhi, he landed his first film role in Aamir Khan’s film Sarfarosh in 1999 and moved to Mumbai in 2000.
The happy ending took 12 years to come to fruition. Before he rose to fame, he wrestled and appeared in minor roles, earning little money. Everything changed in 2012. Starting with Kahaani, he went on to success after success. The Wasseypur, Miss Lovely and Talaash gangs all came after. There was no turning back now.
Awards followed, as did critically acclaimed films like The Lunchbox and Liar’s Dice. Then there was a brief flirtation with mainstream blockbusters in the form of Salman Khan’s 2014 film Kick.
8. Geeta Phogat: Farmer’s daughter to international wrestler
Geeta Phogat won India’s first wrestling gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, and she is also the first Indian female wrestler to qualify for the Summer Olympics. Geeta, one of five daughters in the family, was trained by her father, Mahavir Singh Phogat, who comes from a farming family. The life story of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his sisters has been adapted into a Hindi film titled “Dangal”.
9. Rupal Chaudhary: a farmer’s daughter who won 2 medals at the U-20 World Athletics Championships
Rupal Chaudhary recently made history by becoming the first Indian athlete to win two medals at the Under-20 World Championships in Athletics, after winning silver in the 4x400m relay and bronze in the women’s 400m. Rupal is the second Indian to medal in the women’s 400m, after Hima Das, who won a historic gold medal in Finland in 2018 with a time of 51.46s.
Her father is a farmer in Shahpur Jainpur village, Meerut district, Uttar Pradesh, and she comes from a modest family background. The 17-year-old has been in incredible form, having run four 400m races in three days.
In summary, I would like to say: Take a minute to truly appreciate this trade and all the hard work and dedication that life on the farm requires. In the situation where you feel like giving up, the aforementioned people can inspire you. In farming and life, perseverance and hard work always pays off!!
First published: August 10, 2022, 10:24 a.m. IST