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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

MR KURIEN, YOU ARE GANGULY NOT TENDULKAR


LEAVING UTTERLY AND BITTERLY

It is a sad end to a great career. I shed a tear or two for Mr Verghese Kurien, who was unceremoniously booted out of an institution which he had nurtured and literally made from the scratch. If India is the world’s largest producer of milk, then the credit should go to him. Inspired by him during my college days, I even wrote the entrance of IRMA (Indian Institute of Rural Management) at Anand. Needless to say, I failed. I still remember one incident where he tore apart the high-flying IIM-A pass-outs. He told a stunned IIM audience, where he was an invitee for its annual convocation, how uncommitted and useless the students passing out from the institution were.
He said, “You talk of service. I will give you more salary than what you would get with a multinational. My only rider is that I will not let you see the face of a city for a year. Will you see the country, where it exists.No, not at all.” That was Mr Kurien.
Coming to the headline, when a reporter asked him if he felt like Ganguly or Tendulkar after the ordeal, Kurien said, “Tendulkar."
No Mr Kurien, you are not Tendulkar. You are Ganguly. Both had been given the boot by their own institutions (Team India was an institution and an idea Ganguly almost single-handedly made) by their own protégés. I know very well that the two can't be compared. Mr Kurien achieved more than what Ganguly did, by any means. But it is an attempt to compare. If anyone objects, I agree with them.
Rahul Dravid can’t be entirely made responsible for Ganguy’s exit from the team. But he was a silent party to it. When Chappel was hell-bent on removing Ganguly from the team, Rahul Dravid did not do anything to prevent it. He could have. He was shrewd enough to not to take a stand: he wanted Ganguly, but was afraid of Chappel to speak up for his long-time friend, and his trusted captain for many years. In Mr Kurien’s case, Amrita Patel has backstabbed Kurien. At least, Patel, told a hurriedly called press conference that it was a SAD end. In Dravid’s case, it was left with a deafening silence. Even when Chappel told Guardian that Ganguly clung to captaincy, Dravid kept his silence.
We have to learn to respect our heroes. Today, people forget yesterdays with an eye on “their better” tomorrows. Behind every success, there were days of hardwork. It is high time we remembered our old heroes. Like Ganguly, Kurien was very cautious when he met mediapersons. In an interview to HT, he said he did not want to involve farmers in the controversy because he felt the situation might get volatile. That shows his sincerity.
When Kolkata called for a bandh and series of protests after his ouster, Ganguly was firm. He said, ''Indian cricket is bigger than players and coaches. Let us not rake up controversies."
Both really care for their institutions, no matter whether they are in or out. Mr Kurien, you will be remebered as long as milk is there. You have changed many lives, and created a revolution. Now you sit back and relax. Take this as a blessing in disguise. Now the world, particularly our neighbours, need your expertise.Contribute to a Milky Way.

7 Comments:

Blogger mickeymouse said...

I was kinda surprised that Varghese Kurien said Tendulkar! Was he attempting a corollary between what happened at the ongoing Wankhede Test when Sachin Tendulkar was booed off the field by his own home crowd? Was Kurien boooed off his own institution coz others were scared he was never going to let go off the reins that he made so many years ago........

But the more interesting thing that i would like to know is.. was there never a setup to forsee who will be in command if Kurien falls ill or resigns. Well, I didnt forsee the worst case scenario: he was unceremoniously shown the door.

I wonder if Mr Kurien forsaw the need.... ever... or he just didnt find the right gem in his collection???

They say we Indians don't know how to treat our heroes. We chucked Ganguly een though lesser players than him have got more than a second chance....

Crowds idolise Sachin. Then why did they boo him? An entire stadium of 50,000 people in Eden Gardens booed Team India for Ganguly when the Chappell-Ganguly spat was at its highest point...

Why was Mr Kurien treated the way that he was? Hell he even made service in the country look glamorous...it takes more than just guts to follow in Kurien's footsteps... even if it is something like returning to the village that vilakudy keeps talking abnout.......

MickeyanuI was kinda surprised that Varghese Kurien said Tendulkar! Was he attempting a corollary between what happened at the ongoing Wankhede Test when Sachin Tendulkar was booed off the field by his own home crowd? Was Kurien boooed off his own institution coz others were scared he was never going to let go off the reins that he made so many years ago........

But the more interesting thing that i would like to know is.. was there never a setup to forsee who will be in command if Kurien falls ill or resigns. Well, I didnt forsee the worst case scenario: he was unceremoniously shown the door.

I wonder if Mr Kurien forsaw the need.... ever... or he just didnt find the right gem in his collection???

They say we Indians don't know how to treat our heroes. We chucked Ganguly een though lesser players than him have got more than a second chance....

Crowds idolise Sachin. Then why did they boo him? An entire stadium of 50,000 people in Eden Gardens booed Team India for Ganguly when the Chappell-Ganguly spat was at its highest point...

Why was Mr Kurien treated the way that he was? Hell he even made service in the country look glamorous...it takes more than just guts to follow in Kurien's footsteps... even if it is something like returning to the village that vilakudy keeps talking abnout.......

Mickeyanu

6:06 AM  
Blogger vilakudy said...

Thanks for the comment. Yes Mr Kurien probably wanted to draw inspiration from a long and highly succesful career of Sachin Tendulkar. Despite the recent setbacks, Sachin, if one looks back, had a phenomenal career. No one can dispute that. Maybe, Mr Kurien wanted to say that in a nutshell, he had had a very successful stint in Anand. If that is what he meant, he is probably right. I was trying to interpret his comments when I compared him to Ganguly.

On the succession plans, he really wanted his protege Amrita Patel to take over his position. He groomed her for the next century. But things suddenly changed for the last four-five years. What Kurien stood was for a strictly cooperative model and he never wanted dilute the principals. Many major MNCs tried their best to take over AMUL. But Kurien was steadfast. By grooming Patel, Mr Kurien wanted to follow the co-operative movement and the idea it stood for. Patel was not ready for it. Probably 'affected' by the changing economy, she argued for changing the Kurien model itself. That was something which he could not take and digest. There they parted ways. The fight was not personal, but it was ideological. And Kurien lost out. The sad part is that tomorrow some politician may take over as the NDDB chief. There are reports that some politicians are already eying for the post. That will be the idea of Amul itself. If that happens,that will be the saddest day in Mr Kurien's life.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Shiv said...

Kurien might have got an unfair deal for the services rendered by him to the nation - he master-minded the white revolution. But by even juxtaposing his name with that of Ganguly, let alone comparing their contributions, one is belittling, not to mention degrading, Kurien's contributions. For one, Ganguly just thrived on an institution, at best strengthened it; unlike what is said in the post, he did not create the institution that is Indian cricket - it was put in place by greats like Ranjit Singh, Lala Amarnath, Gavaskar and Kapil Dev much before Ganguly took over captaincy, with support from Indian cricket fans, especially after India lifted the 1983 world cup. Kurien, on the other hand, created an institution -a legend in fact, that goes by the name of Amul - from scratch. I suppose Indian cricket was done a good service by removing Ganguly from the team, whose form had constantly been in decline. Ganguly has contributed to make a strong Indian team, agreed. But by calling him a national hero, and thus trying to put him on the same pedestal as Kurien is nothing but maligning the contributions and achievements of the Milk Man of India. Kurien is one of the brightest stars in the galaxy of Indian heores - he will continue to be - but Ganguly is a star that has passed its final stages.

7:14 AM  
Blogger Shobha said...

Comparing both the people would be highly unfair. I wonder why people end up comparing hugely successful individuals. Personally they are as different as chalk and cheese. Just that they were successful in their respective fields. Sometimes I feel, we need to stop our obsession with cricket; so much so that we end up drawing parallels about events happening in other sectors with the politics associated with cricket. There are better things in life, seriously!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Danto said...

I have not heard too pleasant things about the way Mr Kurien functioned. Fine, he may be the Father of the White Revolution, etc, but apparently, a friend from Anand tells me, the people there are not too happy about him. If that is true, he deserved what he got. :0

1:20 PM  
Blogger mickeymouse said...

If according to Vilakudy, Mr Kurien moulded Amrita Patel for the top post.. and she has now decided to change the ideology that has in first sight (i dont know) worked for Amul (love that butter dude!! and the ads too... too yummmy)... then well i guess she would have a good reason why she would want that to happen... but i guess that wasn't good enough for Mr kurien... who has seen the worst

First of all i dont think talking about cricket is blasphemous....... nor do i thnk drawing parallels with cricketers is wrong... secondly how dare u (shiv) belittle Ganguly or the contributions he made to Indian cricket... he made Team India. no one not even Gavaskar (too proud) or Kapil Dev (too emotional) will be able to bring together the best of the boys like Ganguly did.. I am an ardent Dravid fan.. Hell i always like Dravid better than Ganguly ever since they both made their international debuts together in England.. but it is not in the interest of Indian cricket nor in future captains interest that Gagnuly like ouster takes place...ever again...

Dravid anochored Team India.. he still does.. but Ganguly he steered Team India.. a little oversight happened... but can we truly blame him for the mess????

2:49 AM  
Blogger Vipin Vijayan said...

Well, I believe honesty never pays in today's world. It takes you places where you would not want to land up in.

I agree with Shobha that there could be other parallels that can be drawn in life other than those from cricket. Two names that did prop up in my mind are K J Alphonse, the ex-DDA chief who was packed off to Kerala when he started ruffling a few feathers with his no-nonsense style of functioning, and the other being BJP leader Jagmohan.

Jagmohan, who was part of the NDA Cabinet as the Urban Development Minister, was quietly shifted to Ministry of Tourism when political honchos realised he was hell-bent upon clearing the hutments near Yamuna, thus hurting vested interests.

In Kurien's case, it is a known fact that Amrita was his staunch critic, waiting for THE appropriate moment. What disappoints me the most is the unceremonious way in which the man behind the country's white revolutionary was sent out. Amrita, who is now expected to have greater say in the affairs of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, would be pleased now that noone left to challenge the way she goes about handling the National Dairy Development Board.

The point I want to make here is that we Indians suffer from something called photographic memory. It is natural that men and women keep unfortunate events like plane hijacks, riots, political killings and scams in our memories but not good deeds by people like Medha Patkar, K J Kurien. That's is how most of us have been brought up. And I honestly don't expect things to change.

So, another 2-3 weeks down the lane, all this talk about injustice meted out to Kurien is going to fade off just like on previous occasions. From my side, goodbye Mr Kurien... Enjoy your time with near and dear ones!

1:48 PM  

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