Today Google is celebrating 94th birth anniversary of Dr. Verghese Kurien. The doodle on the home page of Google India shows the Milkman of India holding a can of milk along with a buffalo and a looped rope on the ground spelling ‘Google’. This venerated personality was aptly named the Father of the White Revolution of India for his contribution in making the country the largest milk producer across the globe.
In this article we have rounded up 10 things that you didn’t know about this real superhero:
1. Google celebrated the 94th birthday of Dr. Kurien with a Google doodle.
2. Dr. Kurien was born to a Syrian Christian family on 26th November 1921 at Kozhikode, Kerala. As a child, Father of White Revolution never liked milk and had no plans of entering dairy industry.
3. After his graduation in Physics from Loyola College in Madras, he went on to pursue his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the USA on government scholarship. Upon his return from the USA he had to work in Anand as an Officer of the Diary Division in return for the scholarship paid by the government.
4. In the year 1970, he laid the foundation for the world’s largest diary development programme named Operation Flood which led to the White Revolution. Owing to this revolution, 72000 Indian villages could become milk producers.
5. Dr. Verghese Kurien was the mastermind behind the creation and tremendous success of Amul, the largest brand for dairy products in India.
6. Shyam Benegal directed ‘Manthan’, starring Smita Patil, is a story based on the milk co-operative movement in India. This movie was entirely funded by Kurien’s farmers. When Benegal was unable to get funds for this film, it was Kurien’s farmers that contributed Rs. 2 each.
7. For his unparallel contribution to the nation, Kurien has been honoured with several prestigious awards such as Padma Shri, Ramon Magsaysay, Padma Bhushan and even Padma Vibhushan (the highest civilian award).
8. In the year 1965, Dr. Kurien was awarded an honorary degree by the Michigan State University.
9. He authored the book ‘I Too Had a Dream’, which is an inspiring story about building milk co-operatives and farmer empowerment across the nation.
10. After a brief spell of illness, Dr. Kurien left this world at Nadiad when he was 90 years old.
Owing to his invaluable contribution towards the dairy industry of India, his birth anniversary (26th November) is observed as National Milk Day.This architect of India’s White Revolution will always be remembered as it was his contributions that catapulted India as the largest milk producer across the globe.