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INTERVIEW | ?Politics? That?s a tough one?

Infosys will cross two major milestones this year ? the silver jubilee and revenues crossing the $ 2 billion mark, says N.R. Narayan Murthy.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2006 13:09 IST

In the early 80s, he rode a scooter to Mico’s corporate office in Bangalore for his first mega-buck contract. That's N.R. Narayan Murthy. He doesn't ride a scooter anymore, but little else has changed. It doesn't matter to him that Infosys's revenue is set to cross the $ 2 billion mark and the company will have a headcount in excess of 50,000 by March.

The man who scripted India’s most successful tech story still leads a frugal lifestyle. He talks to B.R. Srikanth on his vision for Infosys, his post-retirement plans and a possible entry into politics. Excerpts:

Infosys will cross two major milestones this year — the silver jubilee and revenues crossing the $ 2 billion mark. All of us at Infosys have a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction for a job well done.

There is an American saying that the reward for winning this pinball game is to get to play the next pinball game. The reward for us is the opportunity to contribute more to the country. We must resolve to ensure the organisation remains strong for the next 250 years.

Later this year, you will turn 60. Are you going to hand over the baton to your successor?

I handed over the baton to Nandan (Nilekani) four years ago. On August 20, 2006, I will cease to be the executive chairman of the company. I have been asked to continue as the non-executive chairman for another five years. I will continue to be involved in the managing the board, in governance and in enhancing the brand equity of Infosys.