‘I carry India with me wherever I go’: Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai

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Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet, received the prestigious Padma Bhushan award from the Indian ambassador to the US. Pichai remarked, “India is a part of me, and I carry it with me wherever I go,” as he accepted the honour.

The prestigious Padma Bhushan in the Trade and Industry category was awarded to the CEO of Google for 2022. The Padma Bhushan is the third-highest civilian honour in the nation. In front of his immediate family, the Madurai-born Pichai accepted the honour on Friday in San Francisco.

“I am deeply grateful to the Indian government and the people of India for this immense honour. It is incredibly meaningful to be honoured in this way by the country that shaped me,” 50-year-old Pichai said while accepting the award from India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

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“India is a part of me. I carry it with me wherever I go. (Unlike this beautiful award which I will keep somewhere safe),” he said.

The Indian-American went on to say that he was fortunate to have grown up in a family that valued education and knowledge, and that his parents had gone to great lengths to ensure that he had access to opportunities to pursue his interests.

Sundar Pichai also recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of technology and said, “Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India vision has certainly been an accelerator for that progress and I’m proud that Google continues to invest in India, partnering with governments, businesses, and communities over two transformative decades.”

Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the Indian ambassador to the US, expressed the expectation that Google would fully capitalise on the digital transformation taking place in his country.

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