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The dozen Indian companies that also changed the larger universe around them

The dozen Indian companies that also changed the larger universe around them

In most instances, this dozen transformed not only themselves, but also the larger universe around them.

In most instances, this dozen transformed not onlythemselves, but also the larger universe around them.

 

Milk Might
{mosimage}For an economy its size, India holds a shameful record: 43per cent of its children are malnourished. This would have been worse but foranother factoid: Indiais the world's largest producer of milk, the richest source of protein forchildren, with a production of some 118 million tonnes. Much of the credit forthis vests at Kaira, Gujarat, where a mechanical engineer, Verghese Kurien, setup a dairy in 1948. And, more importantly, helped local headman TribhuvandasPatel organise a cooperative of dairy farmers. That effort grew into theGujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, or GCMMF, the Amul brand and,later, a nationwide grid of district milk cooperatives under Operation Flood -changing lives of both consumer and farmers. GCMMF's Managing Director R.S.Sodhi sums up its ethos: "We serve masses on both the demand and supply sidesof our business."

By Anusha Subramanian, Anand Adhikari, K.R. Balasubramanyam, Rajiv Bhuva, Josey Puliyenthuruthel,G. Seetharaman and Sunny Sen