He is not just a former chairman of the National Dairy Development Board. He is a revolutionary. Pioneer of the cooperative movement, builder of the Amul brand, Kurien not only made Anand a commercially viable story but ensured that milkmen of Gujarat were not fleeced. He is an icon for the Gujarati dairy farmers who hero worship him. "I don't have money and muscle power—nor the absence of conscience — important for electoral office. There's no space for entrepreneurs in politics."