Sudha Murthy Bowing Down Before A Mysore Royal Sparks Debate

Infosys chairperson Sudha Murthy was caught in the middle of a heated debate on whether royal family members still deserve respect in the form of bowing down to them decades after the end of the royal family custom in the country.

The age-old custom

A new debate exploded on social media on esteeming royal culture decades after the end of the monarchy. It all began with a Twitter post showing a worksheet for a child’s homework. “I __ to the king,” a sentence read, with ‘bow’ in the options.


A concerned father then went on, writing, “Homework sheet for my kid! Schools should be little careful with such undemocratic teachings (might seem small mistake).. they might inculcate wrong values in minds of kids.”

Responding to this, a Twitter user posted a picture of author Sudha Murthy bowing before a Mysuru royal.

“Look at Sudha Murthy bowing before a member of the Mysore royal family. She is supposed to be a role model,” a Twitter user wrote.


Twitter was divided in its opinion of whether royal families still deserved the respect of common citizens. However, many defended Murthy’s act, with a user called Varun saying, “That’s our culture. Keyboard journalists won’t understand. Irrespective of age, stature, and position everyone bows to Rajamatha. Her culture has taught her this.”

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