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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Receives Padma Bhushan In San Francisco

Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on Friday awarded with the Padma Bhushan by Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the Ambassador of India To US.
The award function took place in San Francisco.

Sundar Pichai was named for the award in the Trade and Industry category on Republic Day. Expressing his gratitude Mr Pichai said, it is “incredibly meaningful to be honored in this way by the country that shaped me”.

Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian award of Indian.

“I am deeply grateful to the Indian government and the people of India for this immense honour. It is incredibly meaningful to be honoured in this way by the country that shaped me,” said the Google CEO while receiving the award.

“India is a part of me. I carry it with me wherever I go. [Unlike this beautiful award which I will keep somewhere safe],” said Pichai.

“I was fortunate to grow up in a family that cherished learning and knowledge, with parents who sacrificed a lot to make sure I had opportunities to explore my interests,” he further said.

Soon after handing over the award to Pichai, Mr Taranjit said in a tweet, “Delighted to hand over Padma Bhushan to CEO @Google & Alphabet @sundarpichai in San Francisco.”

“Sundar’s inspirational journey from #Madurai to Mountain View, strengthening economic & tech ties, reaffirms Indian talent’s contribution to global innovation,” said the Ambassador.

While in his response to the Indian envoy Mr Pichai said, “It was an immense honor to receive the Padma Bhushan, and to have my family there with me today. Grateful to the Indian government and the people of India”.

Sundar Pichai was awarded in the presence of all close family members in San Francisco.
In his thanking note Pichai even appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Digital India vision”.

“Prime Minister Modi’s Digital India vision has certainly been an accelerator for that progress, and I’m proud that Google continues to invest in India, partnering with governments, businesses and communities over two transformative decades,” said the CEO.

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