Dr. Verghese Kurien is an Indian social entrepreneur and is better known as the man behind Operation Flood and the founder of diary giant Amul. His White Revolution transformed India from being a milk deficient country to being the largest milk producer in the world. His initiatives and hard work made dairy farming a self-sustaining industry in India and also helped poor farmers gain social and economic upliftment. It was his idea and contribution that a small city, Anand, gained world-wide fame and became the Milk Capital of India.
While working at Anand, he realised that poor and illiterate farmers were being exploited by the monopolistic milk distributors despite having the superior quality products. They were not paid well and were not allowed to talk directly to the vendors. Kurien got inspired and joined the Co-operative Movement against exploitation of farmers. He started Amul and established it as a brand. Amul received a complete success when the H.M. Dalaya, friend of Dr Kurien invented the process of making skim milk powder and condensed milk from buffalo milk instead of cow’s milk. Amul worked on cooperative scheme and became so popular that it received government’s attention.
He is known as one of the greatest advocate of the cooperative movement in this world. His contribution towards the social upliftment of millions of people will always be remembered. He transformed the rural India making it the largest producer of milk in the world.
Also known as the Milkman of India, Dr Kurien’s endless efforts has brought millions of rural Indian out of poverty. He was honored with many prestigious awards like Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, the World Food Prize and the Magsaysay Award.