Cooperatives are often seen as an anachronism, operating in the liminal space between socialism and capitalism. Dwarfed behind the towering heights of modern-day businesses, cooperatives appear slow-paced and backward; denigrated for their snail-paced technology adoption, lack of profit-focus, and inefficient governance. Despite this, the cooperative movement in India has survived in sectors like dairy, agriculture, banking, and housing.
Does the recent restructuring in banking cooperatives set the pace for reform across the sector? Will the cooperatives be able to break free from the shackles of century-old organisation structures? Why is there a tussle between the centre and the states to control the cooperatives? Will the cooperatives be able to defy the false dichotomy between automation and employment?
Our speaker, an academic and thought leader on cooperatives, will share his insights on the cooperative movement: how did we get here, and where are the cooperatives headed? In this year of the birth centenary of Dr Verghese Kurien, the milkman of India, this webinar will have a special focus on dairy cooperatives, and the legacy of the father of the white revolution.