Renowned author and philanthropist Sudha Murthy, who is the mother-in-law of Rishi Sunak recently credited her daughter Akshata Murthy for making her husband the Prime Minister of the UK. In a video shared on Twitter, Sudha Murthy quipped in Tamil that she made her husband, NR Narayan Murthy, a businessman, and her daughter made her husband the Prime Minister of the UK. She said that the reason for this is the glory of the spouse and that a wife can transform her husband. However, she joked that she could not change her husband.
According to an ANI translation, Sudha Murthy also said that Akshata influenced Rishi’s diet and that he now fasts every Thursday. Rishi Sunak, at the age of 42, is the youngest and wealthiest Prime Minister of Britain. Along with his wife Akshata Murthy, the couple is one of the richest in the country, with a cumulative net worth of USD 810 million. Akshata Murthy’s individual net worth alone is USD 721 million.
The couple has been very entrepreneurial with some decent portfolios and real estate investments. They own lavish houses across the UK and the US, and their aristocratic lifestyle has caused much ire in the UK public.
Sudha Murthy’s remark on her damad Ji (son-in-law) has caused quite a stir on the internet.
While some found it humorous, others have criticized it for being sexist and patriarchal. They argue that it reinforces the idea that a woman’s worth is tied to her husband’s success and that a wife’s role is to transform her husband into a successful man. However, some have defended Sudha Murthy’s statement, saying that it was a harmless joke and should not be taken out of context.
"My daughter made her husband a Prime Minister," UK PM Sunak's mother-in-law
— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) April 28, 2023
— Bhau™. (@Bro_Bhau) April 28, 2023
— Damy (@damy_way) April 28, 2023
— Shraddha Shah (@shraddha_0227) April 28, 2023
— Adnan (@Adnany2k) April 28, 2023
"Tum kuch kartey kyun nahi? "
— Pushkar (@Pushkar_Tyagi) April 28, 2023
Made ? Sunak koi Sambar thodi hai jo ‘banaya ‘ beti ne ?
— The Cheshire Cat (@C90284166) April 28, 2023
Khud ban jati too
— Rohan Singh (@Singhjeeee) April 28, 2023
After every successful man is a women.
— KARTIK VILAS MORE (@Kartik_More_) April 28, 2023
— Devesh Dubey (@DeveshDubey__) April 28, 2023
Only if she could turn him human from an awkward posh robot . pic.twitter.com/6ARHmtfszQ
— Desi Daddy (@fattydaddy03) April 28, 2023
This is nothing! Indian Mothers-in-law take credit for the grandchildren's eyes, hair and color too. Sunak got away easy……
— Pablo EkSaubaar (@sumitluthra) April 28, 2023
The brilliant team that is in Infosys made Murthy a successful businessman
Two failed PMs resulted in Sunak as PM
The world knows it and Sudha can keep talking about the “I” always
— Fireball liberal (@Freewilll007) April 23, 2023
Sudha Murthy‘s humorous comment about her daughter making Rishi Sunak the Prime Minister of the UK has sparked a debate on social media. While some find it harmless, others argue that it reinforces patriarchal stereotypes. Nonetheless, Rishi Sunak’s rise to become the youngest and wealthiest Prime Minister of Britain, along with his wife Akshata Murthy, is an example of entrepreneurial success that has attracted both admiration and criticism.