24 November, 2020

V. Kurien

He created the taste of India. He created wealth too, and that too in millions of small, poor homes.

V. Kurien
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He created the taste of India. He created wealth too, and that too in millions of small, poor homes. India's doodhwallah (milkman) Dr Verghese Kurien and his organisation Amul transformed the life of humble cattle farmers throughout the country. It's thanks to him that India is the world's largest producer of milk today, and Amul its biggest brandname. But the father of India's white revolution's real contribution lies in empowering the poor and initiating constructive social change in rural areas—the Amul revolution directly benefits about 10 million dairy farmers. In the 1980s, he repeated what he did for milk in edible oils, with Operation Golden Flow. Apart from the Padma Vibhushan, the pugnacious visionary is also a Magsaysay awardee for Community Leadership (1963), and a winner of the World Food Prize in 1989.

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