India: Father of ‘white revolution’ passes away

Monday, September 10, 2012
Verghese Kurien
Ahmedabad: The architect of India’s White Revolution, Verghese Kurien, passed away on Sunday after brief spell of illness in Gujarat.

In his long and illustrious career, Kurien set up the Anand model of cooperative dairy development, engineered the White Revolution, and made India the largest milk producer in the world.

His greatest contribution was to give a position of pre-eminence to the farmer and his or her interests rather than those of middlemen.
In a condolence message to Kurien’s wife, Molly Kurien, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described Kurien as an icon of India’s cooperative movement and the dairy industry.

 “Kurien was an outstanding and innovative manager and an exceptional human being. His contribution to the welfare of the farmer and agricultural production and development of the country is immeasurable. Kurien was an icon of India’s cooperative movement and the dairy industry,” Singh said.

The legendary personality is survived by his wife, one daughter Nirmala Kurien and a grandson, Siddharth.
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