ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Remembering Verghese Kurien

Verghese Kurien, who passed away recently, will be best known for building Amul into one of India's most valuable brands which is an organisation of nearly three million smallholder dairy producers and a Rs 12,000 crore farmer-owned business. He will also be remembered for creating the National Dairy Development Board which replicated Amul's complex institutional modelacross India.

Verghese Kurien was a remarkable man. He leaves behind an equally remarkable legacy in the institutions he built, the ideas he propounded, a dairy industry the country can be proud of, and a deep imprint on our thinking about development and democracy.

With his passing on 9 September, an era has ended. Affectionately remembered as the father of India’s white revolution, Kurien was in his prime for over half a century until the late 1990s during which he honed and exercised his extraordinary powers as a manager running a large farmer organisation, as a leader of men and as a builder of institutions.

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