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Kurien, the maverick

On his birth centenary, remembering the legacy of the man behind the White Revolution

Varghese Kurien

Varghese Kurien

Shreekant Sambrani
“I’ll make shoe polish in it!” The speaker of that thundering line, depending on the narrator, is either India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru or Verghese Kurien whose birth centenary we celebrate today, on November 26.  The event was the inauguration of India’s first milk drying plant, a part of the Anand Cooperative Milk Union (Amul) in 1956. The reason for it was that a committee of international dairy experts had opined that buffalo milk, which is what Amul collected from its thousands of members, could not be dried by using the same technology employed abroad to dry cow milk.

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First Published: Nov 25 2021 | 10:33 PM IST

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