Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai received the prestigious Padma Bhushan award from the Indian envoy to the US on Friday in San Francisco.
The Google CEO received the prestigious Padma Bhushan for 2022 in the Trade and Industry category. (Photo: Twitter/ANI)
By India Today Web Desk: Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai was bestowed with the renowned Padma Bhushan award from the Indian envoy to the US. While receiving the award, Pichai said, “India is a part of me and I carry it with me wherever I go.”
The Google CEO received the prestigious Padma Bhushan for 2022 in the Trade and Industry category. Padma Bhushan is the country’s third-highest civilian award. The Madurai-born Pichai received the award on Friday in San Francisco in the presence of close family members.
“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 further added that he was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that cherished learning and knowledge, with parents who sacrificed a lot to make sure he had opportunities to explore 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.”
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India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, hoped that Google would make full use of the digital revolution happening in India.
(With inputs from PTI)
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