Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday asked India Inc to emulate the example of Bill Gates to share their wealth with marginalised people after the Microsoft co-founder was conferred the prestigious Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development.
Hailing Gates as a "unique business leader," Singh said while others have shown how to create wealth from knowledge, very few have worked as hard and as selflessly as him to share that wealth with marginalised people.
"I very much hope that many more Indians...More of our business leaders and our wealthy will learn to share their wealth with the people of their country, by investing in their education, their health and the care of the elderly and the disabled," he said at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
After presenting the Rs 25 lakh award to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, President Pratibha Patil said Gates transformed the world of computers and became the richest person on the planet and later launched the mission to transform the lives of people.
Observing that his extraordinary success as a businessman has been overtaken by his even more extraordinary impact as a philanthropist, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said at the function, "Yours is an example that we in India ought to emulate."