India will be celebrating its National Milk Day on 26 th November. A country like India where more

almost 70% people live in villages and half of the population depends on farming or animals. India is

one of the largest milk producer countries of the world.

India celebrates National Milk day in memory of Dr. Verghese kurien’s birthday. Dr. Verghese Kurien.

A name that is responsible for making India top most milk producer country. He played a major role

in empowering farmers of India through co-operatives. Dr. Kurien is the founder of AMUL Milk.

People call him ‘The father of white revolution in India’.

Know the story of making of ‘AMUL’:

Dr. Kurien comes from southern part of India Kerala, he did mechanical engineering from Chennai,

after that he was selected for a scholarship by the government of India in United States. He returned

to India in 1949 and assigned to take care of a government creamer at Anand, Gujarat.

At that time Kaira District Co-operative asked him to help out his co-operative society dairy and

that’s where the story begins of ‘Amul’.

That time Prime minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri visits their village and then Dr. Kurien suggest

Prime minister the idea of ‘Operation Flood’.

That’s when the name AMUL was introduced which is also the short form for Anand Milk Union Ltd.

Also, it is said that Dr. Kurien gave a lot of freedom to the media agency that created the AMUL girl;

they were given the liberty to release the AMUL girl ads without waiting for the company’s


A bollywood movie named Manthan (1976) was based on AMUL. Filmmaker Shyam Benegal lacked

funds when he was making movie then Dr. Kurien asked their workers to contribute 2 Rs. Each for

the movie. This recognized as one of the most successful crowd-funded movies in the country.

Dr. Kurien received Bharat Ratna, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Ramon Magsaysay Award for

Community Leadership, Krishi Ratna Award and Carnegie Waterler World Peace Prize for his career.

Dr. Kurien passed away at the age of 90 on September 9, 2012, in Nadiad in Anand, Gujarat.

Published by Mohit Grover