Sudha Murty, the first woman to get Global Indian Award

Toronto, Oct 1 (IANS): Renowned author, philanthropist and wife of Infosys co-founder N. R. Narayana Murty, Sudha Murty, was conferred with the Global Indian Award by the Canada India Foundation at the biggest Indo-Canadian gala here.

The Global Indian Award, which is worth $50,000, is given each year to a prominent Indian who has made a major mark in his or her chosen field.

“We are so pleased to present the Global Indian Award to Sudha Murty. She has spent her entire career paving the way for future generations to find success in whatever field they choose, and is passionate about giving back to society,” said Canada India Foundation chairman Satish Thakkar on Saturday night.

Accepting the award from Indian High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma, Sudha Murty said, “It is my honour to get this award from your country.”

Thanking the Canada India Foundation (CIF) for choosing her for this award, Murthy said, “The CIF is like Krishna in the Mahabharata. Krishna is the son of Devki as well as Yashoda. Devki was his biological mother and Yashoda brought him up. You are born in India but settled here – that is Yashoda – and your mother is India. You belong to both mothers.”

Lauding the Indo-Canadian diaspora as a bridge between the two countries, she said, “You are the carriers of Indian culture in a different land. Please keep it up.”

As her husband was also given the same award in 2014, Sudha Murty said amid laughter, “There is a funny thing about this award because Narayana Murty also got it in 2014 and I got it in 2023. So we’re the first couple to get this award.”

She donated the award money to The Field Institute (University of Toronto) which is internationally renowned for strengthening collaboration, innovation, and learning in mathematics and across a broad range of disciplines.

Sudha Murty was accompanied by the parents of her son-in-law and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to the Toronto gala event.



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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/Canada

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    With her own personality and achievements, impeccable connections with the political and business royalty, Sudha Murthy would be a top choice for the next Indian President, to alternate with a dalit President, unless narrow-minded Indian politicians continue the current trend in politics.

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  • Roland, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 03 2023

    Agree with most of your comments and a right choice for the President of the country. BUT, will he stand up against the Government of the day of their policies are not right? Will she question the government or any of their orders? I don’t see she her questioning the bjp in any of their policy. Indirectly she will support the government When a journalist asked her about the ‘ hijab’ issues she seemed to be in oblivion. She seem to be supporter of women but has she raised the issue of cooking gas price rise? has she commented in the manipur incidents.? Thanks to the social media - she’s only making use of it to get publicity

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Modiji could send Rishi Sunak's mother in law to Justin Trudeau to calm him down....Tak...Takk...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    While not downsizing her excellent social work; she is not straight forward or forthright in her talks due to obvious reasons of her family's business interests!! Always remaining in the limelight also helps the family's business interests, no doubt about it!!

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  • Fredrick Sequeira, Kallianpur

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    She is really a highly deserving personality for such prestigious awards. Gid bless the couple.

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore Kudla

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    What is the opposite word for "Shudra" ?

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  • Annie Mabel, Clock Roundabout

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Congratulations Madam for your achievement Today is my wedding anniversary and you gave me a good news , All the best for your good work, Your my role model,

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    I have a lot of respect for her, but lately, she has been advocating for right-wing ideology. She is praising Brahmins while speaking ill of non-vegetarians. Additionally, she has not condemned the atrocities committed against minorities in Manipur. Regardless of how philanthropic one is, humanity should always come first.

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  • Kiran Poojary, Bengaluru/Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    We kannadigas are very proud of you.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    madam is widening the prospects of Infosys through social media...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    We admire Sudha Murty ...

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  • Raj, Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    This lady is on a PR overdrive!

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 02 2023

    Iron Lady of India. May she inspire the young women of our country, and we have many, many more Sudha Murty's

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