Father of White Revolution Verghese Kurien Dead

Anand (Gujarat)
Father of White Revolution Verghese Kurien Dead
Father of White Revolution Verghese Kurien Dead
The father of 'white revolution' Dr Verghese Kurien, who transformed India from a milk-deficient country to the world's largest milk producer, passed away early today at Muljibhai Patel Urological Hospital in neighbouring Nadiad, after a brief illness.

He was 90 and is survived by wife Molly Kurien and daughter Nirmala.

"Dr Kurien's body was brought to his residence at around 4 AM and thereafter has been put in Sardar Hall of Amul dairy in Anand, where people shall pay homage. The cremation is scheduled to take place at 4.30 PM today," Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) officials said, adding that he died at around 1.15 AM.

Founder Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Kurien led 'Operation Flood' to make India the biggest milk producing nation in the world, besides making Amul dairy a household name.

His professional life was dedicated to empower the Indian farmers through co-operatives.

President Pranab Mukherjee expressed grief at the demise of Kurien and hailed him as the one who made enormous contribution to the fields of agriculture, rural development and dairy.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Hamid Ansari also expressed their condolences on his death.

Terming him as an icon of Indian co-operative movement and dairy industry, Singh said in his long and illustrious career, Dr Kurien set up the Anand model of co-operative dairy development and engineered the white revolution.

Kurien's 90th birthday was celebrated in a big way at his residence in Anand by the GCMMF on November 26, last year.

Also See: Verghese Kurien, India's Doodhwala, R.I.P

Kurien was one who ushered in white revolution and had made enormous contributions to the fields of agriculture, rural development and dairying.
--Pranab Mukherjee, President

Kurein's 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.
--Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister

He engineered the white revolution in India and made India the largest milk producer of the world. He is recognised as the man behind the success of the Amul brand.
--Hamid Ansari, Vice President

I am deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of Dr Verghese Kurien. Dr Kurien was a man of extraordinary vision, whose achievements in the dairy industry empowered hundreds of thousands of farmers, created a model for milk cooperatives that has inspired millions of others.
-- Sonia Gandhi, UPA Chairperson

Dr Verghese Kurien was an epitome of dedication and commitment. His life was the perfect example of 'one life one mission' and I, on behalf of the government and the people of Gujarat, heartily express condolences to Dr Kurien.
-- Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister

The operation flood launched by Kurein was the largest dairy development programme in the world. He made Amul brand a household name.
--N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Andhra Chief Minister

The people of Gujarat and the country will forever remember the 'Milk' man who had founded the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) and worked tirelessly to make India the world's largest milk producer.
--Nitish Kumar, Bihar Chief Minister
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