...By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.
Sudha Murty, the mother-in-law of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, shared an incident where border staff at the UK border doubted her claim of staying at Downing Street during her visit to the country.
Sudha Murty, who is married to billionaire NR Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys, recounted the incident during an appearance on the Kapil Sharma chat show in India.
She explained that when she wrote down the historic address on a form, the border guard looked at her in disbelief and asked if she was joking.
Murty insisted that she was telling the truth and mentioned that people find it hard to believe that she, a simple 72-year-old woman, is the mother-in-law of the Prime Minister.
A Proud Mother and Influential Figure: Sudha Murty’s Impact
Sudha Murty gained attention last month when she attributed her daughter’s influence to Rishi Sunak’s rise to No10.
As a philanthropist and author, she proudly claimed that while she succeeded in making her husband a businessman, her daughter has made her husband the Prime Minister of the UK.
Murty also shared that she convinced Rishi Sunak to observe fasting every Thursday in honor of a Hindu guru that the family reveres.
Akshata, Sudha Murty’s daughter, has praised her mother for instilling the values of hard work, humility, and selflessness in her.
A Trailblazer and Advocate for Women: Sudha Murty’s Journey
Sudha Murty’s life has been marked by remarkable achievements and breaking barriers.
As the only female student at an engineering college in Karnataka during the late 1960s, she faced certain restrictions such as wearing a sari, avoiding interactions with male students, and refraining from visiting the canteen.
However, she persisted and became the first female engineer hired by the TATA group, India’s leading auto manufacturer, in 1974.
She even wrote a letter to the company’s boss to address their practice of not hiring women.
Her determination to champion Indian women in the engineering industry led her to forgo a scholarship to study in the US.
Sudha Murty played a vital role in establishing Infosys, a consulting and IT services firm, alongside her husband in 1981.
Today, the company is valued at around £50 billion, with Akshata holding a significant stake worth hundreds of millions of pounds.