Sudha Murty nominated to Rajya Sabha on International Women’s Day

Modi’s official post read, “I am delighted that the President of India has nominated Sudha Murty Ji to the Rajya Sabha. Sudha Ji’s contributions to diverse fields including social work, philanthropy, and education have been immense and inspiring.”

| Updated: 08 March, 2024 3:37 pm IST
President Draupadi Murmu ominated Sudha Murty to the Rajya Sabha

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of International Women’s Day, philanthropist and former chairperson of Infosys Foundation, Sudha Murty, has been nominated to the Rajya Sabha by President Draupadi Murmu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to social media platform X to express his delight and highlight Murty’s invaluable contributions to diverse fields.

Modi’s official post read, “I am delighted that the President of India has nominated Sudha Murty Ji to the Rajya Sabha. Sudha Ji’s contributions to diverse fields including social work, philanthropy, and education have been immense and inspiring.” He went on to emphasize the powerful testament Murty’s presence in the Upper House represents for “Nari Shakti,” exemplifying the strength and potential of women in shaping the nation’s destiny.

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The 73-year-old philanthropist, an engineer by training and a Padma Shri awardee in 2006 and Padma Bhushan recipient in 2023, brings a wealth of experience to the parliamentary arena. Her extensive efforts in social work, philanthropy, and education have left an indelible mark on India’s societal fabric.

The nomination comes as part of the President’s authority to nominate 12 members to the Rajya Sabha for their exceptional contributions to arts, literature, sciences, and social services. The announcement on International Women’s Day adds a symbolic dimension, celebrating the achievements of women in various fields.

Sudha Murty, wife of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy and mother-in-law to UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, began her professional journey in computer science and engineering. Her philanthropic endeavours include founding orphanages, supporting rural development initiatives, and championing the provision of computer and library facilities in Karnataka government schools.

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A member of the public health care initiatives of the Gates Foundation, Murty has also established the Murty Classical Library of India at Harvard University. Her commitment to societal welfare extends beyond borders, reflected in her diverse and impactful initiatives.

The Prime Minister wished her a fruitful parliamentary tenure, recognising her potential to contribute to the nation’s governance. This nomination aligns with the spirit of International Women’s Day, celebrating the strength and potential of women like Sudha Murty in shaping the destiny of the nation.

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