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Tribute to Dr. Verghese Kurien, Last of India’s Nation Builders

I spent the better part of my Sunday time skimming through tribute messages on Twitter, Facebook shares and reading what the mainstream media had to write about Dr. Verghese Kurien – the last of India’s nation builders (Hat tip to @shilpaanand for that highly apt moniker.) As my personal tribute to Dr. Kurien, I’ve curated a […]

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When Margaret Alva called Verghese Kurien an MCP

[Editor’s Note: In Verghese Kurien’s autobiography (I too had a dream), he recounts his first encounter with Margaret Alva in 1984, when she accompanied the Queen of Netherlands. The Queen wished to visit Anand, meet Kurien and find out the truth behind the torrent of accusations that were being thrown at NDDB and him — […]

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Kurien and Golwalkar's Friendship and RSS Supremo's real reason for cow protection movement

Kurien and Golwalkar’s Friendship and RSS Supremo’s real reason for cow protection movement

[Editor’s Note: In light of the Madhya Pradesh (BJP) government’s ban on consumption of beef,  it’s relevant for us to understand RSS’s original reasons for evangelizing the cow protection movement in the 1960’s. Verghese Kurien’s autobiography (I too had a dream) casts unique light on this subject, through a burgeoning friendship that developed between Kurien […]

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Verghese Kurien’s answer to Lal Bahadur Shastri and the genesis for NDDB

This story (from Verghese Kurien’s I too had a dream) continues from Why Lal Bahadur Shastri wanted to spend a night in a Kaira district village. I assured the Prime Minister that all his observations were absolutely correct but that there was one difference, which he had failed to notice. The solitary difference was that Amul dairy […]

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Why Lal Bahadur Shastri wanted to spend a night in a Kaira district village

This story (from Verghese Kurien’s I too had a dream) continues from When an Indian Prime Minister spent a night in a village..unannounced..in 1964. He visited the huts of Harijans in the village. He sat with them and talked to them. He visited the Muslim families in the village. Till two o’clock in the morning, […]

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When an Indian Prime Minister spent a night in a village.. unannounced.. in 1964

There’s no better way to relate this story than to transcribe the relevant pages from Verghese Kurian’s I too had a dream. In 1964 the Kaira Union’s new cattle-feed compounding factory sponsored by Oxfam was ready at Kanjari, approximately eight kilometers from Anand. This was a revolutionary step for the dairy industry of the country. […]

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