Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy while addressing the fourth convocation at the Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology (MMMUT) in Gorakhpur said that for the first time in 300 years, Indian economic environment is building confidence and optimism that we can overcome poverty.
He said, “For the first time in 300 years, we have an economic environment that engenders confidence that we can indeed overcome our poverty and create a better future for every Indian. If we try hard, we can wipe the tears off the eyes of the poorest of the poor child, as Mahatma Gandhi wanted,” while addressing the gathering that included Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath besides MMMUT Vice-Chancellor Sri Niwas Singh, dozens of university professors and hundreds of students.
While explaining the true meaning of being patriotic he said, “It is easy to drape ourselves in our national flag and shout ‘Mera Bharat Mahaan’ and ‘Jai Ho’, but it is difficult to practice the values. Patriotism means what will bring the best out of every citizen.”
Murthy said patriotism implies working for the country, putting its interests ahead of one’s personal interests.
“We have to put the interest of our nation ahead of our personal interests, avoiding our egos and biases,” he said.
Patriotism also means working with a zeal for the betterment of the society, he said.
“We have to constantly compare ourselves with countries better than us and learn from them. We have to shun apathy and become proactive in solving the problems of our society rather than expecting others to do it,” Murthy said.
“Our economy is growing at 6 to 7 percent this year. India has become the software development center of the world. Our foreign exchange reserve has crossed 400 billion dollars. Investor confidence is at a historic high,” talking about the current state of the economy, he said.