The success of Wipro
was not his but of many people in leadership and in levels below leadership, who have devoted their lives and commitments to this, he said. The same thing applies to a foundation.
People followed Mahatma Gandhi for his moral leadership, not because of a power over them. Those with the privilege to be in a leadership role will realise the power this has will diminish with time; moral leadership endures indefinitely.
“All of us have a duty to contribute to society. The practice of moral leadership will help us in this; it will also help us in business. We need to work together to develop the India that we have envisioned in our Constitution — an idea that is equitable, humane and sustainable,” said Premji.
N Vaghul, former chairman of ICICI Bank, said such awards should be bestowed to people like Premji, not only for their sake but for the sake of our society. For, he regretted, we are at a stage where political corruption is being justified.
“Alleged political corruption has reached a very high level. What is appalling is that it has reached a stage that people are justifying this... They say it is inevitable, we have to live with it. In fact, in a meeting I attended very recently, a very noted person was saying it is necessary to have corruption to give oil to the wheels of the economy,” he recounted.