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For Sudha Murty, philanthropy means more than giving money

Staff Correspondent

‘Sometimes a few kind words have a great impact’



A MENTOR SPEAKS: Chairperson of Infosys Foundation Sudha Murty speaking at the ‘Development Dialogue’ in Hubli on Friday.

HUBLI: Chairperson of Infosys Foundation Sudha Murty has said that philanthropy was not just giving money always but meant saying a few kind words.

Ms. Murty was answering queries from the audience after her keynote address at the “Development Dialogue” organised by the Deshpande Foundation in Hubli on Friday.

Representatives of more than 100 NGOs are participating in the event which is meant for sharing good development practices across the world. She said philanthropy did not always mean extending financial assistance.

“On some occasions, saying a few kind words and caring for them could have a great impact on the needy,” she said. Ms Murty asked young people to find ways to make people happy.

“Otherwise, it becomes difficult to find happiness. Young people have money at times, but lack of experience and patience can be a deadly combination,” she said.

She said in philanthropy, her biggest challenge was to choose a sustainable project. With so many people coming up with so many projects it was a difficult task to choose the best. “It is not enough if a project is successful. It should be sustainable,” she said.

Her biggest challenge in life was to raise her children with middle class values who knew that their mother was among the richest people in the country, Ms. Murty said.

“Every time the papers would carry the details of our wealth and though I did not like to read it, everybody else read it. Therefore, it became difficult to instil middle class values. I could never tell my children that we can’t afford something because they would know how much money we had. But I succeeded in convincing them about the importance of simple living,” she said.

Earlier in her keynote address, Ms. Murty said she was happy that more young people were getting into philanthropy. “In the field of technology and economy, India has made progress in the last two decades. And we have created a generation that believes in giving back to society. That is good”, she said.

She clarified that she was willing to donate money to the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hubli where her father had served. She said had given an offer of building a public utility at KIMS. “However, the authorities are yet to send a proper proposal. If they ask me to build an OPD wing or something that benefits many people, I will do it,” she said.

She said the Infosys Foundation had donated Rs. 30 crore for building houses in flood-affected villages of north Karnataka.

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