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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

For The Love Of Our Country...

Before I slam you Mr A.M. Naik, let me thank you for pulling me out of this writer's block. Mr Naik, if you are reading this post, you might want to read the previous line again, because that is the only time I am going to be nice to you. From here on, you will be slammed, slammed and slammed for your stupid and thoughtless remarks. [Article 1 | Article 2]

So what did you say about Infosys? Ah, you questioned its contribution to the Indian economy! How much thought did you put into it before pointing a finger at a company that gets close to 4 billion USD of foreign exchange, employs a workforce of about a hundred thousand, donates generously towards social causes and is looked at with respect globally for its corporate etiquettes? If you did not put much thought, I am surprised how irresponsible you could be. If you indeed put some thought into it, I wonder how wonderfully thoughtless the Chairman and Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro, India's largest engineering and construction conglomerate is! Which one do you choose? Your call, Mr Naik.

You also talked about profit margins being Infosys' concern. You said Infosys does not take up Indian work to achieve 26% profits. You added, "Now they say they are looking at India and China, forced by their profitability issue. Not because they have any love for our country!". Mr Naik, my stomach is still hurting and my head is slightly bruised. And you are responsible for it. While rolling on the floor laughing, my head hit the refrigerator. Don't you run your company for making profits? As a CMD, that should be the first thing on your mind! If L&T Infotech accepts Indian orders at the cost of profit margins and for the love of the country, I would certainly not pump my cash into the L&T Infotech IPO that is planned, for the love of my money. Your understanding of love for one's country and not making money to prove it sounds like quite a good philosophy on which you can have a genre of jokes. I am thinking if they should be called 'I love our country' class of jokes or 'Mr Naik' class of jokes. I choose the later. After all, how could I ignore your immense contribution to the philosophy...

Mr Naik Joke Example 1
Neel : Would you install anti-virus solution on my machine?
Mr Naik : No, it is not profitable. I won't do it.
Neel : Come on Mr Naik, don't you love our country?

Mr Naik Joke Example 2
Mr Naik : Guys, we have decided not to have increments at L&T Infotech this year.
Employee : But we worked so hard in writing code for the complex billing system developed for the small stationery shop!
Mr Naik : We did not do it for profits. We did it for love of our country...

I urge my readers to contribute a few more jokes for the love of our country. In fact, it would be a great favour Mr Naik, if you chip in with yet another one. Ofcourse, you would do that selflessly for the love of our country.

"So India doesn’t benefit with its own people. This makes me angry.", you said. Let me try to explain it to you. Perhaps, you should read this real slowly. I should be able to drive the point, I believe. Infosys, Mr. Naik, employs a global workforce. The workforce comprises of people from more than 35 nationalities. It is nothing like own people and disowned people. They are called Infoscions - or heirs to the Infosys Empire. Yes, it must have been a difficult lesson for you, I know. How would you not be surprised that there exists a company where everyone is treated equally, unlike your company, where there are different canteens for the workers and their bosses. The next lesson I recommend you is Murthy's vision. I hope you get blinded with it.
I want Infosys to be a place where people of different genders, nationalities, races and religious beliefs work together in an environment of intense competition but utmost harmony, courtesy and dignity to add more and more value to our customers day after day.

Mr Naik, your words sounded populist. The illiterate audience would clap their hands when you talk about your understanding of loving our country. They would do that even if you fire a missile into your own country and give your justification. If they were your intended audience, may be you should quit your job and focus on politics. I am sure, you would make an excellent politician.

Disclaimer : I am not a spokesperson of Infosys. This is my personal opinion and may or may not be inline with Infosys' opinion. I have blogged this not because of any relation I may or may not share with Infosys, but for the love of our country...


Blogger blabbermouth said...

well said!

Dec 12, 2007, 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

thanks! :-)

Dec 12, 2007, 10:26:00 PM  
Blogger Nanditha said...

Awesome dude!! We shall discuss this in our blogs too.. Thanks for letting us know.

Dec 12, 2007, 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger Manisha Shetty said...


Mr. Naik, please dont stop rambling out statements like these, at least to keep our Neel alive and active on blog-o-sphere

Oh and btw, just curious, do you happen to work for Infosys? You sound like one loyal, true blue Infoscion... ;)

Dec 13, 2007, 12:14:00 AM  
Blogger sach_cool_man said...

Very very good post...
U have hit the nail on the head.

Dec 13, 2007, 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Nanditha : Thanks :-)

Manisha : :-D
About your question, I did not work for Infosys at the time of writing the post. May be I worked with Infy a few hours before and after writing it :-)

Sach : Thanks bro! Hope the nail stays there forever!

Dec 13, 2007, 8:55:00 AM  
Blogger Manivannan said...

Good one Neel ! May be Mr.Naik is upset about people leaving L&T and joining Infosys/Wipro .
Mr.Naik is not aware of the fact that lots of Telecom companies in India are giving projects to MNCs like IBM. May be he will target Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Idea next :)

Dec 13, 2007, 1:53:00 PM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Quite possible Mani :-) Given, the dog like work culture as compared to peer IT companies(heard they never have appraisals on time!!!), why would anyone stay with them?
Nice point raised abt IBM! It is a free market. Infy never complains abt the telecom companies not loving their own country :-D Mr Naik, would call me a traitor for not using Vicco Vajradanti and going for Colgate :-D

Dec 13, 2007, 6:11:00 PM  
Blogger Prasoon said...

Nice one Neel :)

Just wondering - off late did Infy refuse to take in heavy machinery from L&T when constructions happens at any Infy site - looks like it. Or are they jealous that the Mysore stop opposite to Infy (i.e. on l&T side) is more popularly being called as Infosys instead of L&T ? :P ;-)

Dec 16, 2007, 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

:-D May be both and more. Someone commented ,"everyone there is quitting and joining Infy/Wipro" :-D

Dec 17, 2007, 6:04:00 PM  
Blogger Guna Vishwa said...

I think Mr. Naik was practicing for his election propaganda. He is good. Its speeches like these which can get the maximum number of drunkard’s-votes.

But I love my money (I also love L.N. Mittal's money :) ). I can do with some more.

Dec 21, 2007, 2:05:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

And I love your money ;-)

Dec 21, 2007, 7:18:00 AM  
Blogger Waves said...

Nice post.....Dude...
I want to drive a small point though..In the first para of ur post u mentioned something like...Infosys contribution to Indian economy...& in the second para u r defending the companies business strategy...Y not keep the goal clear....And lets face a fact....The revenue that is generated is more of a centralised capital than a distributed one...

No I am not critcising things...In fact I really do appreciate the way Infosys works...& my views are more inclined towads capatilism....But still....U know :)

The only thing I hate about Infy is the number of leaves....

Dec 22, 2007, 6:48:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Waves, actually my only objective was slamming Naik :-) Yes, the revenues are too centralized. With the fall and fall of the dollar, it is very important for the company to focus more and more on Europe, Canada and Japan. Yes, everyone in Infy is upset with the dismal leaves :-)

Btw, imagine how much would the employees crib for onsite if Infy also started taking lots of Indian projects :-D

Dec 22, 2007, 1:18:00 PM  
Blogger Sunny said...

nice one dude .... everyone should have love for their country...

Jan 5, 2008, 11:07:00 AM  
Blogger srini_the_emperor said...

hey dude, i was really amazed by your loyalty to the company.....and that to for Infosys !!!! awesome dude !!! keep it up, Infy can only grow with dedicated employs like u...all the best :-)

Feb 10, 2008, 7:49:00 PM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Srini, thanks! ( Not sure if that was a sarcastic comment :-) )

Feb 10, 2008, 7:53:00 PM  
Blogger Abhinav Viswambharan said...

Man, what a post. You almost stripped down Mr.Naik.

I just wish that he actually reads it someday. It’s so disheartening to see that corporate leaders like him make such naive comments aimed at pleasing some people or institutions.

In fact his very own company L&T Infotech wouldn’t have taken birth if it wasn't for companies like Infosys, which literally took India to the world and made our presence felt.

Feb 21, 2008, 2:34:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

;-) I want him to read it too :-D
True, if it were not for the top 3, Indian IT might not have ever taken off. L&T might be a good company when it comes to infrastructure, but they better not prove their stupidity by comments about a sector in which they have abslutely no competency...

Feb 21, 2008, 9:01:00 PM  
Blogger Supriya Sane said...


Feb 26, 2008, 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...


Feb 26, 2008, 8:28:00 PM  
Blogger Hul said...

well said. am a bit late reading this...Go Bluez.

May 27, 2008, 9:37:00 PM  
Blogger Krish said...

I came across your blog thru one of the mail you sent to WMT_Onsite today. Dude I must say After a long time I read something very sensible here. Keep it up!!!

Feb 24, 2010, 2:32:00 PM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Wasnt the sense of the email exactly the opposite? ;-)

Feb 24, 2010, 2:37:00 PM  
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