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Narayana Murthy on India, IT and entrepreneurship

August 29, 2007
N R Narayana Murthy, chief mentor and chairman of India's IT major Infosys Technologies, is one of the world's most admired entrepreneurs. Hence when he came to Mumbai to speak on entrpreneurship, one could not help attending the event. Here are a few gems from the IT czar's mind:

  • Never before in the last 1,000 years did India receive so much attention as it has been receiving in the last 10 years.

  • Never before in the last 50 years post independence, urban India has hogged as much limelight as it is doing now.

  • However, in this regard, one must admit that the progress has not been that great in rural India. Indian villages have not gone as far as we had wanted them to be.

    My wife Sudha spends a lot of time in rural India (Infosys Foundation trustee) and she tells me that television has a tremendous influence in shaping rural Indian minds. It is because of the television that there is a much greater awareness of how things should be.

  • Accountability of government has increased hugely, thanks to some responsible journalists and television anchors.

  • This is the time when we must consolidate our gains and build a solid future. It's a daunting challenge no doubt which the entrepreneurs of this country must brave.

    Image: Never before in the last 1,000 years did India receive so much attention as it has been receiving in the last 10 years, says N R Narayana Murthy.

    Photograph: SnapsIndia

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