Architect of Operation Flood, the largest dairy development programme in the world, Dr Verghese Kurien has enabled India to become the largest milk producer in the world. A man with a rare vision, Dr Kurien has devoted his lifetime to Indias development. It was a sheer quirk of fate that landed him in Anand where a small group was running a cooperative, the Kaiar District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (better know as Amul), to sell their milk. Intrigued by the integrity and commitment of their leader Tribhuvandas Patel, Dr Kurien joined them. Since then there has been no looking back. The Anand pattern of cooperatives was so successful that, at the request of the Government of India, he set up the National Dairy Development Board to replicate it across India. He also established the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation to market its products. In these memoirs, Dr Verghese Kurien, popularly known as the father of the white revolution, recounts, with customary candour, the story of his life and how he shaped the dairy industry. Profoundly inspiring, these memoirs help us comprehend the magnitude of his contributions and his multifaceted personality. Born in Calicut, Kerala, Dr Verghese Kurien graduated in science and engineering from Madras University and Michigan State University, USA, respectively. He began his career in dairying at the governments creamery in Anand, Gujarat, later joining the Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (now Amul). As Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board, he implemented Operation Flood. He has received countless awards, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1963), Wateler Peace Prize (1986), World Food Prize (1989), Padma Shri (1965), Padma Bhushan (1966) and Padma Vibhushan (1999). Dr. Kurien is currently chairman of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, chairman of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation and chairman of the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India.
A very good read.
By vipin vaishnav,
I just happened to be browsing through the site when I came across this book. Having seen that it is the only book which has the memoirs of the father of the "White Revolution" not just in India but the world. When I got the book I just happened to read casually the first page and it caught me right there! I couldn't take my eyes off of it. While reading the book and going through the pages one can't help but notice that here is a man talking straight from his heart, who has done everything in his life for his entire life from his heart and rest is history.
The book has very interesting anecdotes about Mr. Kurien coming in direct confrontation with rulers and ministers and civil servants at the highest levels and the outcome of each of such confrontation is joyous and a treat to the reader. It tells us about Mr. Kurien's encounters with all the Prime Ministers of this country right from Jawaharlal Nehru, Shashtri, Indira, Morarji, Rajiv, Narasimha or Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and many more.
It is not just a book but takes the reader to a journey across time and people and the creation of a country which imported most of its milk to the highest milk producer of the world! All because of the DREAM that this man shared with the farmers of Gujarat.
A MUST READ AND A TREAT.
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