BJP Gurumurthy’s Tweet About Zoho Founder Sridhar Vembu’s Pongal Celebration Creates Outrage !!

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CM / Updated: 2022-01-13
19:51 IST

A video tweet of RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy about Sridhar Vembu who founded Zoho corporation celebrating Pongal in his native village created huge controversy among he users of the micro blogging social media site. Gurumurthy said that Sridhar Vembu is celebrating Pongal in his farm with “very ordinary” people and it made the online users to raise so many questions. Clarifying to the outrage that got erupted due to his tweet, Gurumurthy said that people who are living in village are “ordinary” people.

Sridhar Vembu

Sridhar Vembu who hails from a Tamil family of farmers from a village in Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, founded Zoho corporation and became the 59th richest Indian in the world with a net worth of US$2.5 billion, as of 2020. In the year 2021, he was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 1989, Sridhar Vembu earned his MS and PhD degrees from Princeton University in New Jersey. He started his career as a wireless engineer at a company named Qualcomm in San Diego, California.


Vembu, along with his brothers, founded a software development house named AdvantNet in the year 1996 and renamed it as Zoho corporation in the year 2009. As of 2020, he held an 88 percent stake in the company. Forbes estimated his net worth at USD $2.44 billion.

On Wednesday, S. Gurumurthy, an RSS ideologue came up with a video of Sridhar celebrating Pongal in his farm and wrote “Sridhar founder and soul of Zoho corporation celebrating Pongal in his farm with very ordinary people” as his caption. Check out the tweet he shared below :

The tweet created huge outrage among a users of Twitter who started questioning Gurumurthy over the term “ordinary” he used in his tweet. “Very ordinary people??? What kind of a term is that?” asked political analyst Sumanth Raman whereas many others asked the tweet author to treat everyone equally.

Check out some of the reactions below :

Reacting to the hudreds of comments opposing his tweet, Gurumurthy replied writing “Some ask a strange question who is ordinary people. Being from a village I always felt a villager is only ordinary. Villagers who come to chennai think they are superior to their own villagers. Sridhar Vembu who was in US for 20 years is in village today with ordinary people”  

It is notable that Sridhar Vembu became a subject to criticism in the year 2020 after attending and endorsing a high-profile event organised by RSS. The Zoho founder defended his participation by saying that it is a matter of his personal choice, according to reports.

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