Book Summary of I Too Had a Dream
Architect of ‘Operation Flood’, the largest dairy development programme in the world, Dr Verghese Kurien has enabled India to become the largest milk producer in the world. A man with a rare vision, Dr Kurien has devoted his lifetime to India’s development.
It was a sheer quirk of fate that landed him in Anand where a small group was running a cooperative, the Kaiar District Cooperative Milk Producer’s Union Limited (better know as Amul), to sell their milk. Intrigued by the integrity and commitment of their leader Tribhuvandas Patel, Dr Kurien joined them. Since then there has been no looking back. The ‘Anand pattern of cooperatives’ was so successful that, at the request of the Government of India, he set up the National Dairy Development Board to replicate it across India. He also established the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation to market its products.
In these memoirs, Dr Verghese Kurien, popularly known as the ‘father of the white revolution’, recounts, with customary candour, the story of his life and how he shaped the dairy industry. Profoundly inspiring, these memoirs help us comprehend the magnitude of his contributions and his multifaceted personality. About the Author
Born in Calicut, Kerala, Dr Verghese Kurien graduated in science and engineering from Madras University and Michigan State University, USA, respectively. He began his career in dairying at the government’s creamery in Anand, Gujarat, later joining the Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Limited (now Amul). As Chairman of the National Dairy Development Board, he implemented ‘Operation Flood’.
He has received countless awards, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1963), Wateler Peace Prize (1986), World Food Prize (1989), Padma Shri (1965), Padma Bhushan (1966) and Padma Vibhushan (1999).
Dr. Kurien is currently chairman of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, chairman of the Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation and chairman of the National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India.