BENGALURU: Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy and wife Sudha Murty expressed delight at their son-in-law Rishi Sunak’s appointment to British prime minister Boris Johnson’s cabinet as chief secretary of the Treasury. Sunak is married to their daughter Akshata.
Sudha Murty said she had sent him an email that god has given him an opportunity to empower people – help and uplift the needy. “This has been my advice to him since his first election win,” she said. Murty said they both love history and bond over discussions on museums. “Though I didn’t go on his election campaign trail, Akshata and Rishi’s parents did,” she said.
Sunak, she said, loves cricket, football and movies. And he has some favourites packed into his India trips. “He loves the Leela Palace, that’s where he got married. He also loves Goa as a holiday destination. He is a good swimmer and very athletic. He is shy as a person, but he’s well-read,” Sunak’s mother-in-law said.
Narayana Murthy said their advice to their children, including Rishi, has been to work hard, be honest, and do good for society. “We wish him well,” he said.
Sunak, the MP for Richmond in North Yorkshire is among the three Indian-origin faces in Johnson’s cabinet. He was elected as Richmond MP in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. He was parliamentary private secretary at the department for business, energy and industrial strategy from June 2017 and parliamentary undersecretary of state at the ministry of housing, communities and local government from January 9, 2018.
Sunak and Akshata met in California where they lived for many years before returning to Kirby Sigston, just outside Northallerton. The couple has two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.
Prior to his political debut, Sunak co-founded a large investment firm that was working with firms in Silicon Valley to Bengaluru.
Sunak on his website said his parents sacrificed a great deal so that he could attend good schools. “I was lucky to study at Winchester College, Oxford University and Stanford University. That experience changed my life and as a result I am passionate about ensuring everybody has access to a great education,” he wrote. “I grew up watching my parents serve our local community with dedication. My dad was an NHS family GP and my mum ran her own local chemist shop. I wanted to make that same positive difference to people as their Member of Parliament and I was first elected to represent this wonderful constituency in 2015 and re-elected in 2017,” he said.
He said that from working in his mum’s tiny chemist shop to his experience building large businesses, he has seen first-hand how politicians should support free enterprise and innovation to ensure our future prosperity.
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