When BG Srinivas quit as president last week to signal the latest in a series of exits at high levels following his return, in his private moments, Murthy may have felt like the alienated parent of the NRI. There is no secret sauce as yet, and it is a competitive market.
Murthy has spoken of the “emotional investment” he made in Infosys, but even the great Steve Jobs was once ousted from Apple, his own child. With 84% of the company held by institutions or the general public, Infosys belongs neither to Murthy, nor to the founders. It is now the board that calls the shots, not he.But Murthy’s dream of putting India’s software industry on the world map is a reality—much like that of a parent whose child makes waves overseas.