Narayana Murthy Believes That Nothing Should Be Given For Free, Starts Debate Online

Infosys founder Narayana Murthy believes that nothing should be given for free and that a “compassionate capitalism” is the only solution for a “poor country” like India to become a prosperous nation, reported NDTV. The idea that nothing should be given for free is based solely on one’s political and economic beliefs. Those standing for the idea think about economic efficiency, fiscal responsibility, and also that individuals should take their own responsibility. Those standing against the idea believe in reducing inequality and the overall welfare of society.

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At the 26th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit 2023, Narayana Murthy said that if the government provides certain subsidies, like free electricity, then they should also ask for something in return like the overall percentage of attendance in schools should go up by 20%.

“When you provide those services, when you provide those subsidies, there must be something in return that they’re willing to do. For example, if you say — I will give you free electricity, then it would have been a very nice thing for the government to have said, but we want to see the percentage attendance in primary schools and middle schools go up by 20 per cent, then only we will give you that,” he said.

He further expressed that people taking these free subsidies should take a higher responsibility for their future generations.

“I am not against free services being provided. I fully understand, as I also came from a poor background once upon a time. But I think we should expect something in return from those people who received those free subsidies to take a slightly bigger responsibility towards making their own future generation, their own children and grandchildren, better in terms of going to school, you know, performing better.”

A lot of people online didn’t agree with Mr Murthy and thought that such ideas come easily to him because he has already accumulated massive wealth. Have a look at some of the reactions here:

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