Line up Narayanamurthy.
Yes the same guy who has go words like corporate governance, IT sector and social responsibility onto the front pages. A few days ago he created another controversy which did not involve Deve Gowda or Bangalore. Seriously i he was in the film industry we would be writing that he is doing this to get attention.
On a visit to the Infosys INTERNATIONAL campus (emphasis on international) the President APJ kalam was treated to an instrumental version of our national anthem. Narayanamurthy explained that there were foreigners working on campus since this is an INTERNATIONAL company and playing
His words :We had arranged for five people to sing the anthem. But then we cancelled it as we have foreigners onboard here. They should not be embarrassed while we sing the anthem.
Take a pause. What does he mean? Do INTERNATIONAL companies in Japan and the United States nor play the National Anthem in their office campus on special occasions? Does that make them less INTERNATIONAL?
I am not in favour of playing the Anthem to prove one's patriotism. But if you call the President then you have to play it. Twice infact. So what's the big deal about it? But to be fair he has since then apologised.
However I want to take up this issue of a Infosys being an INTERNATIONAL company. Lets be fair. Unlike Toyota or Adobe, Infosys does not produced any world class products. It just makes money providing cheap labour. There are Indian companies like Sundaram Fasteners (first Indian company to get the Deming award) and Shanta Biotechnics (pioneered a Hepatitis B vaccine for India) which have done better work and yet are not well known.
As for the National Anthem my questions is : will Mr. Narayanamurthy allow it to be played if he is elected president?