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What Narayana Murthy's son plans to do

July 24, 2006 16:50 IST
Infosys chief mentor N R Narayana Murthy has said his 22-year-old son Rohan does not want to step into his shoes and hinted he may have a venture of his own.

"I think he (Rohan ) is much smarter than I am. So, he probably will have some good ideas on what he wants to do," Murthy, who retires from Infosys on August 20 when he turns 60, said.

"No, not at all," was Murthy's reply when asked if Rohan, who is doing his PhD at Harvard and right now on internship at Microsoft, has evinced interest to step into his shoes at Infosys.

"Whatever he wants to do, our (his and his wife Sudha's) encouragement will always be there. And, we will be happy to support him," the chief of the Nasdaq-listed firm headquartered in Bangalore said.

Murthy's 26-year-old daughter Akshata has just finished her MBA from Stanford. Asked if he has plans to set up any start-up firms, Murthy said he does not have any such thing on his mind at this point of time.

Murthy, who found and nurtured Infosys for 25 years making it a world-class company, does not want to dabble in politics post-retirement.

"I have no desire to enter politics because I am not suited for that," Murthy said.

"It's simply because I have some experience in working with a set of homogenous people that is well educated people, whose objectives are very much aligned with my objectives... people who believe in certain values," he said.

He added that politics in India is a "very complex canvas" with multiple divides - urban and rural, rich and poor, and educated and not so educated.

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