Letter to the Prime Minsiter (Varghese Kurian- Bharata Ratna Award nomination)

Dear Shri. Narendra Modiji,

The Indian Dairy Association, Kerala Chapter has recommended the name of Dr.Verghese Kurien (Father of White Revolution) for the highest civilian Award in India, “Bharat Ratna”. The Director, Dairy Development, Thiruvananthapuram & Managing Director, Kerala Milk Marketing Federation, Thiruvananthapuram has also recommended and forwarded their detailed report regarding this. Dr.Varghese Kurien was the architect behind “Operation Flood” a world renowned Dairy Development Programme that has brought revolutionary changes in the Dairy Sector of the Country. This has catapulted India in the position of a global leader in Dairy Sector and brought comprehensive changes in the lives of millions of Dairy farmers. His relentless efforts has made a grant impact on lives of millions of co-operative dairy farmers, socially, politically and economically.

Under his able leadership, India transformed from a milk importer to a milk and milk products exporting nation. Within a span of two decades the country became self sufficient in milk production and even surpassed USA in milk production in 1998. Dr.Verghese Kurien who discovered the potential of co-operative movement created a model not only for India but for the developing countries across the world. Taking forward the co-operative movement in such a large scale, Dr. Varghese Kurien brought prosperity in the lives of Dairy Farmers and thus transformed Indian villages for the good. He has been honoured with many awards {Padma Vibhushan(1999), Padma Bhushan(1966), Padmasree (1965), Magsaysay Award for Community Leaderhsip (1963)}.

The Bharat Ratna is the India’s highest civilian Award given for performance of highest order in any field of human endeavour and Dr.Verghese Kurien has achieved the highest level Performance. I think that awarding Bharat Ratna to this great legendary, millions of Dairy Farmers in India will be honoured as well. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of the country holds the right to suggest the name for award nominations to His Excellency, President of India.

In view of the above, I humbly request your goodself may kindly suggest the name of Dr. Varghese Kurian for this Award.

With regards,

Yours sincerely,

PINARAYI VIJAYAN

Shri. Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
152, South Block,
Raisina Hill, New Delhi-110011.