CHURUMURI IMPACT: Sorry, says Narayana Murthy

Infosys founder and chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy has apologised for his “explanation” on why the national anthem wasn’t played as it should be during President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam‘s visit to the IT giant’s Mysore campus on Sunday.

“If the media statement has hurt anybody’s sentiments, I deeply apologise,” Murthy said in a statement.

“We played the instrumental version of the national anthem so that we could all sing along, and all of us did so. We wished to share the pride of being an Indian in the gracious presence of our President. We are informed that this is as per protocol.

“We have always kept the interest of India foremost in our minds and our work speaks for itself. We are a proud Indian company, with strong universal ethos of transparency, accountability and honesty. It has always been our endeavour to represent India with the highest standards of respect and enable it to take its rightful place in the world economy.”

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In addition, the churumuri coverage figured in both Houses of the Karnataka Legislature on Tuesday (see YouTube video above). Legislators cutting across party lines condemned the “insult” to the National Anthem.

Brandishing copies of newspapers carrying details of the churumuri coverage of the issue, Vatal Nagaraj and ‘Mukhya MantriChandru demanded stern action before Home Minister M.P. Prakash pacified them.

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