Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Zamana Badal Gaya

This has been bothering me a long time.

Indra Nooyi is awarded the Padma Bhushan. Pullella Gopichand, the Padmashri.

Wondering what the connection is?

Nooyi is the CEO of a company that is actively contributing to the ticking time bomb of diabetes in India. The products of her company symbolises imprudent consumption. It uses water that is scarce and converts into a drink that has no benefits, except to the people who make it and sell it.

Pullela Gopichand, a fine human being and a great achiever, refused to endorse some Cola, perhaps even Pepsi. The offer must have been lucrative and hard to resist, to anyone, except Pullela.

Our omniscient government deems it fit to honour her and not him.

This has been boiling inside me from the day Nooyi's award was announced. The anger or frustration was so much that I did not blog it. Today the nudge from a friend finally made me write this. Thanks friend!


  1. agree with you 100%. did not know gopichand refused to endorse cola. i don't mind pasting his poster on the wall.

  2. I am really happy that you agree.

    My comment to the last sentence of your comment is: Precisely!

    What I means is that we must have such people as idols (hence the poster)

    Thanks Raghu

  3. Another person nodding her head in agreement!

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  5. Add one to the list of people who agree. I was not aware of this "incident" where Gopichand refused to endorse the slow poison! Thanks for bringing it out.

  6. I suppose the higher the connections, the bigger the award.
    Gopichand is no corporate biggie with deep pockets, so maybe that explains it!