Of all the biographies I had read, this one actually commanded huge respect. It was not a mindless chase of making money but adhering to a vision and nobel intent. It was a roller coaster ride instituting, maintaining and replicating Amul yet without compromise of integrity and ideals. It is also a window to the development of India post-independence. Dr. Kurien and his team's contribution to the making of a self-reliant India will always be remembered with pride and honour.
What a biography.!! Absolutely fantastic. Its unbelievable how politicians and bureaucrats put all sorts of objections to an idea which stunned the world by 'Operation Flood' If this country has to improve the Bureaucrats (IAS,IFS,IPS) must be abolished ,the majority of whom are worse than the usually uneducated politicians. Let this all knowing pseudo intellectuals be discarded into the waste bin. They are the root cause of delaying progress in our country .
This is one of the finest autobiography which I have read till now. The author experience in setting up of AMUL and his experience with bureaucracy and different prime -ministers puts things into perspective. This book is about that if you have good cause to work for then every effort to get it done is worth it. Dedication of Verghese Kurien in ensuring that farmers get their different due and his efforts to empower them by letting them visit facilities of AMUL and educating them about the benefits of cooperatives to bring collective development is a model which must be pursued by the govt. His efforts to organize cooperative in the field of salt production, distribution of fruits and vegetable, distribution of edible oil in the name of Dhara is a showcase of his belief in the cooperative to bring shared happiness. This book is a must read for anybody who is interested in knowing more about India and AMuL.
The book is a rich and deserving tribute to one of the true patriots of India. Crores of Indians take availability of milk for granted everday, little realizing that Dr. Kurien was the architect for India becoming the world's largest producer of milk. it is heart rending to know the official apathy and beauracratic hurdles that he faced and overcame successfully. Indian farmers will forever be indebted to this great man. The book is a must read.
Every Indian Shud read it to make India Develop and revolution ise da daily life...Great Personality, Great Work Amul...Thousand Salute to the Person who fought Bureaucracy, Unscrupulous Politics n ians....nd do what benefits da India, Dairy, Cooperative s n Farmers Dairy Mens Hats Off....
Way back Nehru commented upon the ICS which converted to IAS in independent India. He said that they provided no service, were not civil at all and they were essentially not Indian in nature. This was the kind of bureaucracy Kurien was up against. He became friends with the cooperative chief Mr. Tribhuvandas Patel and was impressed by the integrity and commitment of the cooperative's members. His passion was the true development of women and men. Without an iota of doubt, he spoke ceaselessly of this idea, hoping to enthuse young women and men to adopt his passion like theirs. In a small, sleepy town of Anand for over fifty years, he worked as an employee of farmers. He joined the farmers and helped them sell milk in a more organized fashion. The Anand model succeeded and the government asked him to form the National Dairy Development Board to promote this model. Today we see a similar model of milk supply almost everywhere in India. This success did not come without its challenges. This book also talks about politicians like Patel, Nehru and Babu Jagjiwan Ram. Except for Patel none have been discussed favorably. This is not just about the success he achieved. It talks about the challenges he had to face. Challenges came in all forms, technical, political, attitude related and then those from the market. Technical issues were problems like making milk powder from buffalo milk, which was not possible then. Using this technique, he was able to increase the shelf life of milk. Supplying it to bakeries was a profitable business. The way butter was sold in markets was different from the fixed rates that we see today. It was Kurien who made the traders change the method in favor of farmers. In case you plan to pick up an (almost) autobiography, I would suggest reading this book. It about India, the way freedom changed things, and how empowerment helped to uplift the livelihood of numerous farmers. Certainly a suggested reading.
It is an inspiring story of a person who made an enduring positive impact on the lives of millions of Indians. I read the entire book in one sitting, which I rarely do. I could get a glimpse of selfness life of a person who cared less for bureaucrats and politicians. I felt proud that I am born in this country. This book should be a prescribed text book in the schools or colleges. The sad and unfortunate part is that we don't see a single soul in this country of 1300 million, who will match Dr Kurian's unstinting drive and dedication for society.
Few people in independent India have made contributions to our country in a way that revolutionize a field through an idea. Dr.Kurien is a classic example of such a revolutionary.
The idea of AMUL started small and through his courage to build big structures had grown into giant of an organization. He was not a man who shies away from scaling small success into a big scale project like replicating AMUL's success in Gujarat throughout India.
Kurien comes across as a person who is totally obsessed with enriching the life of farmers through his revolution. He is also a man of high moral fiber given the mere amount of salary he took in being AMUL's manager(10-15 times less than what a private company would have offered him as manager). Probably that's what made him a short-tempered in dealing with persons who wanted to exploit government machinery for narrow self-serving ends(he refused the wishes of union ministers right on their face with no diplomatic pretensions).
One of the key take away from the book is how the bureaucracy is a huge curse for our country's development. All his life the bureaucracy was a constant hindrance to implement his ideas. This way we get a great insight into govt.machinery which will make us understand why is that we rarely see old ways go despite their proven inefficiency and the miseries they cause .
There is a fascinating story about how he tried to replicate Milk cooperatives in Power sector by making villages generate their own electricity! Of course, the bureaucracy made sure the idea never comes to pass.
Another important take away is the inspiration this man provides the young, to be a driver of change and work towards 'common good' of our nation. And yes, he is a Nationalist and you will get some goosebumping stories about that.
This is why he is not just a milkman but a messenger to teach us whats wrong with our system(bureaucracy,etc) and how alternative institutions of development is a real possibility if we try hard enough.
The reason a country continues to progress inspite of unsurmountable apparent challenges is - dedicated, popularity-averse, get-it-done - leaders such as Dr Kurien. They could have chosen a more glamorous, paying, materialist life. But they chose otherwise and the nation can't be thankful of them enough. A must read on how "commitment" and "dedication" can bring about impactful change in the remotest part of the country.
Kurien had written his life story in his own inimitable style: bold, incisive and inspiring. He infused so much life into what would normally have been a dull and dreary narrative of the growth of the Dairy industry in India that there never was a dull moment.
This book is a must read for all those who want to make a "dent in the universe". It is a vindication for all those who believe that if your head and heart are in the right place destiny will give you your rightful place, no matter what the odds are.
For some, Kurien might come across as full of hubris. But that is because the only way he knows is to be transparent. What you see is what you get. To stay intrepid in a life of unblemished integrity. Why else will such a rank outsider be loved so much as to stay at the helm for nearly seven decades!