British politician Rishi Sunak, facing criticism over Akshata Murthy’s wife’s stance on Infosys which continues to operate in Russia, has drawn similarities to actor Will Smith, saying that even if both their wives were attacked, “at least I didn’t get up and slap anyone who is good “.
Akshata Murthy is the son of Infosys founder, NR Narayana Murthy, and holds a 0.91 per cent stake in Infosys. In recent weeks, he has been accused of receiving “blood money” as dividends because Infosys did not withdraw from Russia after its invasion of Ukraine.
Several tech firms and business conglomerates have suspended their operations in Russia amid growing pressure following Moscow’s attacks on Ukraine.
In a statement, Infosys has said that it has a small team based in Russia that provides services to some of its global customers locally. “We do not have any active business relationships with local Russian enterprises. The main priority for Infosys during the crisis, is to continue to extend support to the community. The company has committed USD 1 million for relief efforts for war victims from Ukraine.,” It said. has said.
Mr Sunak, who is now the UK Treasury Chancellor, told BBC Newscast, “Joe Root, Will Smith and I, were not the best on the weekend. But on reflection, both Will Smith and I, had our wives attacked, at least I “Get up and slap anyone, that’s good.”
“Both Will Smith and I had our wives attacked-at least I didn’t get up and slap anyone”
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Asked if he felt it, the British Indian politician replied that he understood that what people were going through was difficult. “People who are critical, whether it’s the media, that doesn’t bother me. The first month, the first few days, the first few weeks I had this job, it was really hard,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s okay for people to record me. It’s fair game. I’m the one sitting here and that’s what I sign up for.”
However, he added that it was “very annoying and I think, wrong for people to try and come to my wife, and you know, beyond that actually, with respect to my father-in-law, of whom I have nothing but great pride. and admiration for all that he has achieved “.
“And no attempt to smear will make me change him because he is great and has achieved a huge amount,” Mr Sunak added.
Actor Will Smith sparked a major controversy during this year’s Oscar ceremony when he slapped a Chris Rock comic over a joke against his wife and actress Jada Pinkett Smith on stage, just before he won the Best Actor award for King Richard.
The slap on stage has sparked controversy, with many praising Mr Smith for defending his wife and others criticizing the violence against the comic.
Mr Sunak’s mention of Joe Root, captain of the English test cricket team, comes amid growing pressure on cricketers to take off the captain’s hat after several poor performances by the English team.