“Dr. Kurien Memorial Cycle Rally” in Anand as tributes to Milk Man

November 19, 2021

As a part of the centenary year celebrations of the architect of India’s White Revolution Dr. Verghese Kurien, all organizations created and conceptualized by Dr. Kurien are celebrating various events. It bears recalling that the nation celebrates 26th November, the birthday of Kurien as the National Milk Day.

The first event scheduled is a cycling rally covering various institutes of Anand. The cycling rally is scheduled on 21st November 2021 at 7:30 hrs from IRMA and covers various institutions.

Called “Dr. Kurien Memorial Cycle Rally”, it would be flagged -off by the District Collector and Superintendent of Police and reach Anandalaya School as its first destination. From here the Cycling rally will go to the headquarters of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India Ltd (NCDFI), Anand Agricultural University (AAU), Vidya Dairy and would arrive at Dr. Kurien Enclave.

The rally will reach at the headquarters of Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) at around 10.15 where the officials of the dairy titan would welcome the participants. Rally’s last destination is at IRMA where a Vote of Thanks would be given by the Director, IRMA.

Though rally could not take place last year due to Corona, in the year 2019, a group of fifty young bikers kick-started their journey from Parag Dairy Plant, PCDF in Varanasi, for a 12-day ride spanning a distance of over 2500 Km, to reach their destination in Anand, Gujarat.

The team rode through Allahabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Gwalior, Bhopal, Ujjain, Godhra, Statue of Unity and culminates in a grand finale at Anand (Gujarat), the ‘milk city’ where Dr. Kurien spent a major portion of his life.

Throughout their journey, bikers met people and visited institutions created and inspired by Dr. Verghese Kurien.

Dr Kurien, the man who made India proud by writing a script of white revolution through cooperatives was, before anything else, a votary of empowerment of the downtrodden. Amul was his baby and through it he liberated millions of farmers from the clutches of poverty.

In the process, he also restored the pride of the cooperative model and proved its superiority compared to capitalist or command economy.

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