Amar Chitra Katha launches biographical comics to mark Kurien’s birth anniversary

A series of biographical comics on the visionary dairy technologist Dr Verghese Kurien was launched at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) auditorium here on Tuesday, to mark his 92nd birth anniversary. Titled Varghese Kurien: The Man with the 'Billon-Litre' Idea, the comics was launched by Amar Chitra Katha and the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF).

Even as the clamour to own the political legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is becoming a matter of debate ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, politicians remained conspicuous by their absence from the event that celebrated the man believed to be close to Patel's family. In fact, Kurien took forward Patel's initiative of the Milk Cooperative Society that has become the identity of Gujarat.

In fact, one of the comics shows Patel's daughter Maniben affectionately speaking to Dr Kurien's wife Molly, who had found a friend in Maniben. She was fond of Kurien and greatly interested in the workings of the cooperative. Maniben is seen telling Molly in the comic, "Molly, you must remember that you are only his second wife. He was already married to the dairy when you walked into his life." Molly says, "Ha ha! You are quite right."

Nirmala, Kurien's daughter, paid an emotional tribute to her legendary father. She said that an apolitical tribute was the most befitting to the memory of the man who strove to erase the gap between the haves and the have-nots.

On Dr Kurien's first death anniversary on September 9 this year, GCMMF Chairman Vipul Chaudhary, now warming up to the BJP, had demanded a Bharat Ratna for Kurien for his contribution to the socio-economic uplift of milk producers and bringing the white revolution. However, Chaudhary, who was among the invitees, did not turn up. He also did not respond to calls by this paper.

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