New Delhi: Author and Infosys foundation chairperson Sudha Murthy often makes headlines for her inspiring speeches or news regarding her social contribution. Though, she came under the fire on social media after a picture of her bowing down to a Mysore royal surfaced online.
In the picture, Murthy can be seen bowing before Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, while the actress B. Saroja Devi can also be spotted in the background.
The pic was reportedly clicked in the year 2019 when Murthy attended the birth centenary celebrations of Mysore’s last ruler Jayachamaraja Wadiyar.
Since the snap resurfaced online, it has triggered a debate on the microblogging site Twitter with a section of users slamming the latter for carrying orthodox mentality in the age of democracy, while others defended her saying that it is only a gesture of showing respect.
Check reactions here:
A user posted the pic and asked, “Sudha Murthy bowing before a member of the Mysore royal family. She is supposed to be a role model. Is this still a tradition of greeting the members of the Royal family in India? Or was it more like an action out of reverence or respect?”
Sudha Murthy bowing before a member of the mysore royal family. She is supposed to be a role model.
Is this still a tradition of greeting the members of Royal family in India?
Or was it more like an action out of reverence or respect? pic.twitter.com/1xSedjLXXB
— Kamran (@CitizenKamran) September 26, 2022
“Look at Sudha Murthy bowing before a member of the Mysore royal family. She is supposed to be a role model”, another wrote.
Look at Sudha Murthy bowing before a member of the mysore royal family. She is supposed to be a role model. https://t.co/6KhT7vTyOd
— ವಿನಯ್ ಕೂರಗಾಯಲ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸ Vinay K S (@vinaysreeni) September 25, 2022
Homework sheet for my kid! Schools should be little careful with such undemocratic teachings (might seem small mistake).. they might inculcate wrong values in minds of kids. pic.twitter.com/L2Q73s7WsX
— Guruprasad D N (@guruve_dn) September 25, 2022
Oh god??♂️… is that Sudha murthy? Bowing in front of royalty? The mindset we have it in our blood, no amount of wealth and achievements would remove that from our behaviour…
— sunil (@thenamesunil) September 25, 2022
I have great respect for Mrs Sudha Murthy. Her books inspired many women to look up and move on. Her prostration to the royal is an emotional expression and she is more royal than the Mysore royal family.
— Santhanam Srinivasan (@santhraj5) September 27, 2022
Yes if its her personal choice then no one can question.
If someone who benefits from charity or other good work done by royal family does this then its valid but a great achiever like Sudha Murthy doing this feels out of place.
— Abhishek (@Abhishekf1) September 26, 2022