‘Experienced hunger for 120 hours non-stop while hitchhiking in Europe’: Infosys founder Narayana Murthy | India News

NEW DELHI: Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy recently revealed that he ‘experienced hunger‘ for a straight 120 hours when he was hitchhiking in Europe 50 years ago.
During his address in a special event ‘Achievements in Food Security: India’s Strides Towards Sustainable Development Goals’, hosted by the Permanent Mission of India to the UN at the UN headquarters, Murthy said, “Most of you have not experienced hunger.I have.”
“I experienced hunger for 120 hours non-stop when I was hitchhiking in Europe and at a place called Nish, a border town between Bulgaria and what was then Yugoslavia and today Serbia,” he said.
While addressing an audience of UN diplomats, officials, academia, civil society organisations and members of the Indian diaspora during the event, he said “Most Indians here and I have received good quality and highly subsidised education from the Indian government. Therefore, as civilised people, we must show gratitude to our nation and help the future generation of these helpless, poor children to get (a) good education.”
Adding that success is bringing a smile to the face of helpless people, Murthy said, “Akshaya Patra is hugely successful by that count. If our poor children lose hope and faith in our society, they will turn to violence and destroy all the good that India has achieved and is hoping to achieve.”
Murthy appealed to leaders of other countries at the UN to emulate the Akshaya Patra model and “bring joy, health, confidence, hope and success to poor children in their own countries.”
Lauding the work done by the Foundation, Murthy said that Akshaya Patra raises “our confidence that good things can indeed happen in India”.
The Infosys founder also emphasised that India has been making good economic progress due to the success of the government’s economic policies, vision and the hard work of Indian entrepreneurs and citizens as well as the foreign direct investment from multinationals.
He noted that the government of India runs the world’s largest food security programme, Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), which benefits over 800 million people.
“Akshaya Patra is a proud addition and a proud partner of this fantastic initiative of the Government of India,” Murthy said.
“Poverty is not unique to India. It is there in every society. Akshaya Patra makes the future of India safe by bringing inclusivity to the country’s growth and making the poor people enthusiastic partners in our quest towards prosperity,” Murthy added.
He stressed that Akshaya Patra is a worthy example of a “successful public-private partnership” and it “very importantly rises above religion, region and caste.”
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Madhu Pandit Dasa, were also part of the event.

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