Born on November 26, to a civil surgeon in Kozhikode, Kerala, Kurien attended the Loyola College, Chennai, and graduated in Physics in before joining the College of Engineering, Guindy, from where he qualified as a mechanical engineer. On return from the United States in , the Union government deputed him to a creamery at Anand, Gujarat, where he was to serve five years as an officer in the dairy division. There he met Tribhuvandas Patel, who was trying to unite the farmers to form a cooperative movement and to fight exploitation. Inspired by the man, Kurien decided to join him. The Amul Dairy became so successful that the model was soon replicated in many of its neighbouring districts of Gujarat.
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Born on November 26, to a civil surgeon in Kozhikode, Kerala, Kurien attended the Loyola College, Chennai, and graduated in Physics in before joining the College of Engineering, Guindy, from where he qualified as a mechanical engineer. On return from the United States in , the Union government deputed him to a creamery at Anand, Gujarat, where he was to serve five years as an officer in the dairy division.
There he met Tribhuvandas Patel, who was trying to unite the farmers to form a cooperative movement and to fight exploitation. Inspired by the man, Kurien decided to join him. The Amul Dairy became so successful that the model was soon replicated in many of its neighbouring districts of Gujarat. Kurien was named chairman of the organisation.
In , he quit as the chairman of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation GCMMF following dwindling support from new members on the governing board and mounting dissent from his proteges, some of whom termed his working style as being dictatorial. Some of these moves, however, were backed by political forces that sought to make inroads into district unions of the cooperative dairy. Kurien was married to Molly with whom he had a daughter, Nirmala. Having lived a long, productive life, he died in at the age of 90, following a brief illness.
A life-long learner who considered education as a never-ending process, Kurien had been bestowed with honorary degrees by he Michigan State University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. In recognition for his relentless service to the dairy and farming communities, Kurien received numerous awards including the Padma Shri , Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan , the Ramon Magsaysay Award , and World Food Prize He authored I Too Had A Dream, an inspiring narrative about the empowerment of farmers and development of milk cooperatives India.
Atul Bhide conceptualised and produced the audio version of the book. Shyam Benegal made a film called Manthan that was based on the milk movement in India and the man behind it — Verghese Kurien. It was crowd-funded by , farmers who donated Rs. Kurien is the story of Amul. Thank you for subscribing to our daily newsletter. Indian diplomats harassed in Islamabad, New Delhi complains to Pakistan govt. Health ministry shuts down office for 2 days after around dozen test Covid positive.
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Verghese Kurien: Father of the White Revolution
Kurien was born into a wealthy Syrian Christian family. When he returned to India, he was required, as a condition of the scholarship, to work at the Government Research Creamery in Anand, Gujarat state, which he began doing in Kurien became manager of the cooperative which later came to be called Amul and became one of the largest food producers in India. Under his leadership, the organization acquired equipment to process and store dairy products and proved to be a reliable supplier. In the process, it improved the lives of the rural dairy farmers.
Verghese Kurien: The Milkman of India
Verghese Kurien 26 November — 9 September , known as the 'Father of the White Revolution' in India,  was a social entrepreneur whose "billion-litre idea" , Operation Flood , the world's largest agricultural dairy development program,   made dairy farming India's largest self-sustaining industry and the largest rural employment provider, being a third of all rural income,  with benefits of raising incomes and credit, riddance of debt dependence, nutrition, education, health, gender parity and empowerment, breakdown of caste barriers and grassroots democracy and leadership. He had the foresight to shrewdly use the clout resulting from its recognition, by employing his networking skills and resources at his command effectively, in negotiating international help and support from the governments of at least nine prime ministers of the country over more than five decades, all on terms set by him, making everyone who mattered come to Anand in Bombay's hinterland, where he stayed put, to see his showpiece venture, rather than meet them in the capital cities. Termed "a crocodile who swims in milk,"  he would steadfastly stave off meddling by politicians and bureaucrats while building his cooperatives to national scale and founding institutions, and encroachment by multinational companies on markets nurtured by him. He also made India self-sufficient in edible oils,  taking on a powerful, entrenched and violently resistant oil supplying cartel. Kurien was born on November 26, in Kozhikode , Kerala to a Syrian Anglican Christian family   and schooled at Diamond Jubilee Higher Secondary School, Gobichettipalayam, in Coimbatore district now in Erode district, Tamil Nadu while his father worked as a civil surgeon at the government hospital there.
Verghese Kurien. Verghese Kurien was born in Calicut to Christian family. He is known to bring the white revolution in India and was a visionary. He attended Loyola College and later completed his mechanical engineering from the US and then came to India and was disappointed to see the monopoly of milk production.
Verghese Kurien – The Milkman of India, Bringer of the White Revolution
In the paradoxical light that past events reveal themselves to us, two facts stand out. One, Verghese Kurien, father of the White Revolution, was as distant as possible from a certain ideal currently preferred. In fact, he actively disliked it. Two, by the revisionist understanding we have of our revolutions, it turns out the white one too may have done its share of harm. Focusing on productivity and volumes, like the green one, it probably overdid the interbreeding with Jerseys and Holsteins and brought native breeds to a perilous pass—with the attendant health debates on A1 versus A2 milk. But these may be indulgences of luxury. Inspired by Tribhuvandas Patel, who was trying to unite the farmers into cooperatives, Kurien left his job and joined forces with him.