Dr Kurien and Yuvraj: Indians never cease to inspire
This weekend was a bag of mixed emotions. On one side, I was elated to hear the news of Yuvraj Singh getting back to cricket after fighting cancer. On the other hand, I was saddened to hear the passing away of Dr Kurien, the architect of the white revolution in India. However, I did get inspired by these people and saw a glimmer of hope amidst the chaos around us.
The achievements of Dr Kurien are something that is hard to describe. Most of the achievements of people are penned down to a certain individual task or a set of accolades pertaining to that individual in question. There were boundaries that confined their achievement towards a certain bracket. In the case of Dr Kurien, brackets don't exist and his legacy has been that he has revolutionized the milk industry in the country. He orchestrated the white or milk revolution in India by developing cooperative societies that assisted farmers in ensuring profitability. In addition, he was one of the pioneers in inventing the process of making milk powder and condensed milk from buffalo's milk instead of cow's milk. One of the more distinct things about his achievements has been the scale and the level of impact across the rural population in the country. The Amul brand is still flourishing and is providing strong competition to the big players such as Nestle as they did 4 decades ago. The desi imprint in the multiple layers of functioning at Amul showed to the world, in Dr Kurien's own words, that the "natives" could do it. In an era where license raj thrived, this was an entrepreneur par excellence who revolutionized the revenue making potential of the rural Indian. Moreover, among the most significant accomplishments of Dr Kurien, has been his ability to integrate the masses in rural areas in introducing a cooperative business model that involved communities at every single level. This continues till date despite the greed of many corporations in various other fields. This longevity for excellence in milk production by enabling greater cooperation among people has been one of the most stellar achievements of the Milkman of India
On the other hand, in a completely different generation, another person inspires people across the country for the sheer courage and audacity to win a major health battle. Even though I am not a big fan of eulogizing individuals, I believe Yuvraj Singh's comeback this week would be probably one of the top stories of the year. Ever since the day he had come public on his cancer, he has been true to form with the way he has approached the disease. He had fought the disease head on by waging a battle that was public and driven by positive energy that he exuberated during this time. The way he had showed people, through Twitter and other mediums, his mental state during his treatments inspired millions of people. In addition, the cancer foundation that he has launched and his drive for supporting cancer patients is a gesture that could save many lives. The star power of the cricketer could lead to greater cancer awareness across the country and could make a difference to the lives of numerous patients. Now that he is back in the Indian team, every step forward for Yuvraj Singh is a giant stride in the ability of humans to bounce back from setbacks to achieve success
In both these cases, one posthumous and one who has just recovered, I see beacons of hope. With so much pessimism engulfing the country over the last couple of months, ranging from corruption to restricting free speech, such glimmers of hope are surely needed. Despite the scam filled chaos around the country, there is a ray of hope for the common man on the street. Dr Kurien has shown how to succeed despite the obstacles around and create an impact to uplift the lives of the masses. Yuvraj Singh, on the other hand, has shown young India that anything can be overcome by will power and determination if there is a resolve towards it.
India is a land of hope and Indians never ceases to inspire, indeed glimmer of hope amidst the chaos around.
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Sriram Balasubramanian is a Journalist, voracious reader, avid Blogger, social enthusiast and a believer in excellence not mediocrity. With an inherent passion towards journalism and writing, he believes in playing the "Straight Drive" all the time. Besides this, he has a MS in Engineering Management and has played Chess for Singapore.
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