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Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Infosys. An eminent Indian industrialist, Narayana Murthy has been named as the Father of the Indian IT Sector by TIME Magazine. He has been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Shri.

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  • Future Of India Depends On Teachers
  • Do you think that the current government is working enough to avoid jobless growth?
  • So what is your reason as to why is there a jobless growth in India right now?
  • What is the friction over here that you have discussed about?
  • In an essay you have written that the 1991 economic liberalization has now made Indian companies make their own destiny. Do you think that this is feasible after moves like demonetization and GST has been implemented?
  • Is India clearly in top of Good governance?
  • According to the IMF report thee has been an increase in the income inequality in the last few years. So you share that you agree to this point?
  • As a young man, what was the best advice you have received?
  • What advice would you like to give in turn to the young professionals?
  • What is the biggest mistake during your career and what lesson have you learnt from it?
  • Who do you feel was the best manager with whom you have worked with and what was best in him/her?
  • 20 years ago, we had flag bearers abroad such as Infosys, TCS and Wipro. Why do we have fewer world class firms today?
  • Infosys has popularized the concept of stock exchange in India. Looking that as a tool to reward employees now, do you think that there is a need to take a look as to how it is structured?
  • Would you like to take up the public role just like how your colleague Nandan Nilekani who got into the public role of building Aadhar – a unique identity mechanism, years ago?
  • You said that without compassion capitalism the Indian economy will not be able to cope up the problem of unemployment and poverty. Are the current leaders not giving importance to this advice or they are less sensitive to this?
  • What is the type of talents that Indian companies require the most right now?
  • Has the government taken off it’s focus on development rather than building temples and statues?
  • Is the execution and the implementation of GST and IBC by the government are lacking certain important key reforms?
  • It has been suggested that you are unhappy for several reasons with the way in which the Infosys management is currently functioning. Can you tell me what those reasons are?
  • Where is it that we are going wrong when thousand of money are being invested in the Indian education sector and yet there are people like Bill Gates saying that we need to improve it?
  • Why do you think that engineering, once a very sought-after profession, is no longer the favoured career choice of today’s youth?
  • Why is it that the higher educational institutions of India do not even figure in the top 200 world rankings?
  • What are your thoughts on Modi’s ‘Make in India’ programme, which seems to have some answers to rejigging the rural economy and creating jobs?
  • What is your opinion on the friction between the private sector and the government? For example, the recent revolt by private hospital doctors?
  • Why did you initially choose engineering as your career?
  • Do you have any role models who have inspired you in your career?
  • So after you made it to the IIT what was the experience like?
  • What prompted you to opt for the unconventional job offer from IIM?
  • You have worked in overseas in your early career. What have you learnt from your stint abroad?
  • What prompt your heart to change from being a staunch leftist?
  • So now the socialist in you became a committed capitalist?
  • What were the initial plans of Infosys based on?
  • How easy or difficult was it in those days to get a business like yours off the ground?
  • Did you ever at any point feel like giving up?
  • What was the turning point for Infosys?
  • What was it that kept the Infosys team together all through these years?
  • What the best decision you think you have made?
  • Infosys has so far grown organically. Are you looking for acquisition for future growth strategy?
  • What are the big challenges that you are facing?
  • In this present millennium, what are the challenges that the software sectors are facing?
  • Will Infosys move up the value chain to become a pro-duct company in the future?
  • What opportunity does the growing power of the Internet pose for your company?
  • What advice would you give to the next generation of entrepreneurs?
  • What does money mean to you?
  • What drives you then if not money?
  • The days are going to be longer for you after Infosys, without the mandatory commitments for the company…
  • Are you not going to miss Infosys that you reared since it’s birth over 30 years ago?
  • The existing leadership feels that after your existence will create a vacuum. Can you exit the company and be at peace?
  • Had you been an aggressive boss at Infosys as you were in your Patni (PCS) days?
  • At the time when the company is slowly transferring leadership to non-founders, will they be able to maintain the original approach which has led the company to become a $6 billion entity?
  • Do you think the entrepreneurial journey which has made Infosys a global entity is replicable?
  • The growth of Infosys has slowed down for the last couple of years as compared to the peers. Does it not pain you?
  • Any unfinished agenda?
  • Your first investment (in SKS Microfinance) after setting up the venture fund, Catamaran raised many eyebrows. Do you think that was a mistake?
  • While setting up the venture fund, you said Catamaran will invest in early-stage companies and fund innovative ideas. How far have you succeeded?
  • Have you not thought of any philanthropic activities like other industry leaders?
  • Are you going to capture your experiences at Infosys in the form of an autobiography?
  • Among Indian startups, there is a debate on differential voting rights for founders
  • What are your views on promoters being considers as insiders?
  • The role of independent directors in listed companies has come under scrutiny in recent times. What are your thoughts?
  • How do you instil accountability among independent directors?
  • There is a demand from some Indian Internet entrepreneurs for policy frameworks to protect local entrepreneurs.
  • How will automation impact the Indian IT services industry?

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