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Infy's Narayana Murthy on the spot




Indian Express article
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Bangalore, April 10: Chief Mentor of Infosys Technologies Limited N R Narayana Murthy said he ‘deeply apologises’ if his media statement on the issue of playing the national anthem during President A P J Abdul Kalam's recent visit to the company's Mysore campus, has hurt anybody's sentiments.

"If the media statement has hurt anybody's sentiments, I deeply apologise," Murthy said in a statement.

"We played the instrumental version of the national anthem so that we could all sing along, and all of us did so. We wished to share the pride of being an Indian in the gracious presence of our President. We are informed that this is as per protocol," he said in the statement. Murthy had said at a press meet--in response to a question--after Kalam's April 8 visit that singing the national anthem would have ‘embarrassed’ company employees of foreign origin, remarks which evoked a strong reaction from some quarters.

"We have always kept the interest of India foremost in our minds and our work speaks for itself," he said in Tuesday's statement.

"We are a proud Indian company, with strong universal ethos of transparency, accountability and honesty. It has always been our endeavour to represent India with the highest standards of respect and enable it to take its rightful place in the world economy," Murthy said.
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My 2c
Why is NRN so paranoid abt foreign staff in his company? Looks like he wants to play it to the foreigners. What is wrong with singing national anthem in our own country? Why play the music than the words?
I had high respect for him, but now I am not so sure.

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Murthy had said at a press meet--in response to a question--after Kalam's April 8 visit that singing the national anthem would have ‘embarrassed’ company employees of foreign origin, remarks which evoked a strong reaction from some quarters.



Most Indians suffer from severe inferiority complex and Mr Murthy is one of them.


 
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I had high respect for him, but now I am not so sure.

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Really? This incident changed your opinion about the great guy? That's pretty fickle I'd say. They only play instrumental versions of the national anthems in Olympics as well. So what's the big deal about this? That was a perfectly fine thing to do by him.
It probably was wrong for him to say that it "would have embarrassed company employees of foreign origin". That's just stupid. But hey, he has graciously apologized for it hasn't he? What the heck more do you want him to do?


 
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Murthy had said at a press meet--in response to a question--after Kalam's April 8 visit that singing the national anthem would have ‘embarrassed’ company employees of foreign origin, remarks which evoked a strong reaction from some quarters.



Most Indians suffer from severe inferiority complex and Mr Murthy is one of them.



What the...where's this coming from? Mr.Murthy has inferiority complex? LMAO...could you please, please corroborate this outrageous statement? I am all ears and eyes...


 
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I had high respect for him, but now I am not so sure.

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Really? This incident changed your opinion about the great guy? That's pretty fickle I'd say. They only play instrumental versions of the national anthems in Olympics as well. So what's the big deal about this? That was a perfectly fine thing to do by him.
It probably was wrong for him to say that it "would have embarrassed company employees of foreign origin". That's just stupid. But hey, he has graciously apologized for it hasn't he? What the heck more do you want him to do?



Its not olympics. Its the company premises. So there is no comparison.
Would u do the same if u were in his shoes? I would not. Anyone can apologise for that matter. But the damage was done.


 
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Its not olympics. Its the company premises. So there is no comparison.
Would u do the same if u were in his shoes? I would not. Anyone can apologise for that matter. But the damage was done.



Okay. Let me spell it out for you since implying something doesn't get through. It is a multicultural environment with employees coming from various nationalities. Capische?

Damage was done? Geez...people...can you not rise above these things? Look at you for pete's sake. How hypocritical. You are here in Canada. He is at least almost single-handedly driving the economy there!


 
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"We played the instrumental version of the national anthem so that we could all sing along, and all of us did so. We wished to share the pride of being an Indian in the gracious presence of our President. We are informed that this is as per protocol," he said in the statement. Murthy had said at a press meet--in response to a question--after Kalam's April 8 visit that singing the national anthem would have ‘embarrassed’ company employees of foreign origin, remarks which evoked a strong reaction from some quarters

This statement from Mr murthy is surprising ....
what is there to be ashamed of in singing our national anthem in india ....
This is an opportunity to make the foreigners understand a little about india ....

Actually I would like to see all the Indian Corporations celebrating major occassions in their offices world over ....

( by the way Israelis never work on sabbath ( Saturday ) wherever they are [ even in Germany I have seen them not working ] .... they would go back to the hotel or their homes on Friday afternoon .... )


 
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Actually I would like to see all the Indian Corporations celebrating major occassions in their offices world over ....



Why? Can you give me one reason why the heck? I was going to appreciate the fact that this even being done but thanks to some numbskulls, that has been subjected to some criticism too because it was not "done right". Damn. When the f!#$ was the last time a Canadian corporation sang "Oh Canada" in their premises (frrggin instrumental or not) in their premises on Canada day. How convenient for the NRIs to sit here in Canada and criticize Mr.Murthy. How goddamn convenient!

I am sorry. But what he has done for India cannot be overshadowed by some miniscule incident because some dumbass NRI likes to pass judgement on a life of selfless sacrifice for a thankless nation.


 
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Eat this and shut the hell up before you pass judgement about Mr.Murthy:

In 2000, he was awarded the Padma Shri, a civilian award by the Government of India.

He was the first recipient of the Indo-French Forum Medal (in the year 2003), awarded by the Indo-French Forum, in recognition of his role in promoting Indo-French ties.

He was voted the World Entrepreneur of the Year - 2003 by Ernst & Young. He was one of the two people named as Asia's Businessmen of the Year for 2003 by Fortune magazine.

In 2001, he was named by TIME / CNN as one of the twenty-five, most influential global executives, a group selected for their lasting influence in creating new industries and reshaping markets.

He was awarded the Max Schmidheiny Liberty 2001 prize ( Switzerland), in recognition of his promotion of individual responsibility and liberty.

In 1999, BusinessWeek named him one of the nine entrepreneurs of the year and he was also featured in the BusinessWeek's 'The Stars of Asia' (for three successive years - 1998, 1999 and 2000).

In 1998, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, one of the premier institutes of higher learning in India, conferred on him the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and in 1996-97, he was awarded the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award.

In December 2005, Narayana Murthy was voted as the 7th most admired CEO/Chairman in the world in a global study conducted by Burson-Marsteller with the Economist Intelligence Unit [2]. The list included 14 others with distinguished names such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Warren Buffet.

In May 2006, Narayana Murthy has, for the fifth year running, emerged the most admired business leader of India in a study conducted by Brand-comm, a leading Brand Consulting, Advertising and PR firm. In November 2006, Time magazine featured him in its list of "Asian Heroes".

The list featured people who have had a significant impact on Asian history over the past 60 years and it included others such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, etc.

So tell me now. Do you still feel like bitching and whining that he played an instrumental version of our national anthem????


 
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Actually I would like to see all the Indian Corporations celebrating major occassions in their offices world over ....



Why? Can you give me one reason why the heck? I was going to appreciate the fact that this even being done but thanks to some numbskulls, that has been subjected to some criticism too because it was not "done right". Damn. When the f!#$ was the last time a Canadian corporation sang "Oh Canada" in their premises (frrggin instrumental or not) in their premises on Canada day. How convenient for the NRIs to sit here in Canada and criticize Mr.Murthy. How goddamn convenient!

I am sorry. But what he has done for India cannot be overshadowed by some miniscule incident because some dumbass NRI likes to pass judgement on a life of selfless sacrifice for a thankless nation.



well if infosys or Narayan murthy decided to play the national Anthem in the presence of president ....
what is wrong with it ....
What is there to be ashamed of ....
why should narayan murthy be embarrased because foreigners are working in the company and they will be offended .... it is india and playing national anthem in the presence of Indian President is nothing to be ashamed of or should not be embarrasing for anybody .....
so putting this embarrasement of narayan murthy in words in front of media does not shows him in good light ( it does not take away any positive he has done but this definitely is something not very positive action by murthy )

also what is wrong with criticism ?????
( even if it is Narayan Murthy ... he is not god )

also criticising does not take away good somebody has done ( including from Narayan Murthy )

about canadian corp. not playing O'Canada that is their choice ....
I personally have no problem canadian corp. playing it .....


 
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