TVS Capital Funds chairman Gopal Srinivasan has extended his support to Zoho chief Sridhar Vembu who was intimidated on Twitter for attending an RSS event to be held in Chennai next month.
Bengaluru: Throwing his weight behind Zoho chief Sridhar Vembu who is the chief guest next month in an event organised by RSS, TVS Capital Funds chairman Gopal Srinivasan took to Twitter, making his stance clear.
The support comes in the wake of Sridhar Vembu and Rama Ramachandran, the Accenture MD and Head of Operations Chennai being intimidated on the social media platform for being the chief guest and guest of honour at the RSS event to be held in Chennai next month.
Hey @zoho, I've been a consistent supporter and promoter of your company for past 4 years.— Ladak 🌏 (@NevaStopXplorin) January 6, 2020
Unfortunately, since your CEO has decided to support traitors who are interested in burning down this country.
I'll be moving my business to @GoogleIndia and @MicrosoftIndia this month. https://t.co/F6i2hxqs2n
As the news spread, there was a backlash on social media, with several giving threats of boycotting Zoho.
We have been a loyal user of @zoho for past 5 years. We are now looking to switch our organisation to a different operating system. We currently spend 3.5 Lacs INR per year with them. Any suggestions? #zoho pic.twitter.com/aknRw7kWzz— Aamir Qutub (@aamirqutub) January 7, 2020
However the Zoho chief was in no mood to kowtow to the demands of his critics.
I don't decide my views based on Twitter attacks. If you dislike which events I attend, please do what your conscience dictates and I will do what mine dictates. We earn our daily bread due to our work and we will continue to do quality work. I won't be responding to attacks.— Sridhar Vembu (@svembu) January 6, 2020
Gladly, the Zoho chief also received a lot of support from the other side as well.
I use Zoho and it is a great platform. Now I doubly endorse it. https://t.co/wXNTS5Dwar— Divya (@divya_16_) January 6, 2020
Interestingly, one Twitter user who goes by the name of Savukkku Shankar decided to smear the entire issue with the colours of Brahminism.
You don't stand firm for India sir. You stand firm for your own clan "brahmins" and its welfare alone. And you believe your clan owns India & all others should be subservient you. That is the precise problem. And that's what @RSSorg stands for. https://t.co/DL7MbH8ygn— Savukku_Shankar (@savukku) January 8, 2020
Unfortunately, what these critics refuse to honour is the freedom of the individual to carry out their desires and wishes, which in simple words, is the freedom of thought and expression and even movement as enshrined in the holy Indian Constitution.
While there are many who work in the garb of champions of an individual’s liberty, they refuse to accept and honour the contrarian views.
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