Dr Verghese Kurien, the father of the White Revolution in India and the founder of Amul passed away on Sunday at Nadiad in Gujarat after a brief period of illness. He was 90.
A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Verghese Kurien was the masterbrain behind making India the largest milk producer in the world.
Kurien was the architect of Operation Flood — the largest dairy development program in the world.
He helped modernise the Anand model of cooperative dairy development.
Today, over 10 million farmers across the country at 200 dairies produce over 20 million litres of milk every day, thanks to Kurien.
Born in Calicut, Kerala on 26 November 1921 he graduated from Loyola college of Madras and did his BE from University of Madras.
He then went to the US on a government scholarship to earn his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan University.
The Amul pattern of co-operative became a success and it was replicated throughout Gujarat.
The different dairy unions were later brought under the banner of Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation.
Kurien and his organisation Amul transformed the life of humble cattle farmers throughout the country. He is survived by his wife Molly and his child, Nirmala Kurien.
My heartfelt tribute on sad demise of Dr Verghese Kurien. His pioneering work gave the milk revolution, transformed India & touched us all.
— Narendra Modi
At a time when heroes are scarce, we should pause during the day to think about & salute Dr Kurien,who lived a life that transformed lives.. RIP
— Anand Mahindra
RIP Dr Kurien. You made India a place "jahaan doodh ki nadiyaan behti hain". Thanks for the milk revolution.
— Vishal Dadlani
RIP Dr Kurien. I’ll raise a glass of cold, cold milk to you today. Thanks for changing the lives you did.
— Rohan Joshi
RIP, Dr Kurien. Thank you for all that you did for us and for being an inspiration to all Indians
— Ranvir Shorey