Dr Verghese Kurien transformed the country from a country poor in milk into a world leader in dairy production
CHENNAI: There was a time when milk was rationed in the country and you needed a ration card to buy it. It was in the 60s. By launching in 1970 “Operation Flood”, the largest dairy development program in the world, Verghese Kurien, the milkman of India and father of the white revolution, transformed the country of a country poor in milk to a world leader in milk production in three decades.
The illustrious alumnus of the College of Engineers of Guindy who graduated in 1943 was recalled Thursday by alumni, professors and students during his celebration of the centenary of his birth.
Born in 1921, Verghese Kurien developed a supply chain to produce and deliver hygienic and nutritious milk to millions of people and established the world’s largest food marketing company and the country’s largest food brand (Amul). Operation Flood, later known as the White Revolution, transformed dairy farming into the country’s largest provider of rural jobs.
Addressing the rally at the function, Nirmala Kurien, daughter of Verghese Kurien, said her father was an institution builder, having established more than 18 institutions across the country in his lifetime. âThe cooperatives he created have empowered women. Until his last day, he lived his life on his own terms, never compromising his beliefs or his integrity. I hope the cooperatives are getting better and better, âshe said.
Greeting him as the father of dairy management, KS Kandasamy, general manager of the Aavin cooperative run by the government of Tamil Nadu, said that bagged milk was made possible by him. On November 26, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Verghese Kurien’s birth, Aavin had his image printed on all sachets of milk sold that day.
Greeting him as one of Anna University’s most illustrious alumni, Vice-Chancellor R Velraj said he had transformed society by empowering villagers and farmers.