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‘Zoho’s Vembu wrong in leaving special child, Forbes article undermines his commitment to India’

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Chennai, March 14 (IANS) The Forbes magazine article about Zoho Corporation’s Founder and CEO Sridhar Vembu “is to undermine his commitment to India and its civilisation”, “Thuglak” magazine editor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue S. Gurumurthy said on Wednesday.

“Forbes report on Vembu’s personal life as a business report has a deeper design to undermine sridhar’s larger commitment to his motherland and our civilisation. As one who knows Sridhar’s problems for a decade the issue is Sridhar wants to be in India. That is the real dispute,” Gurumurthy tweeted.


Vembu and his wife Pramila Srinivasan are fighting a divorce case in the US courts.

The couple have a 24-year-old son suffering from austism.

According to report, Srinivasan has alleged Vembu of “abandoning her and their son and also transferring his stakes in Zoho to his sister”.

In a series of tweets Vembu said: “With vicious personal attacks and slander on my character, it is time for me to respond. This is a deeply painful personal thread. My personal life, in contrast to my business life, has been a long tragedy. Autism destroyed our lives and left me suicidally depressed.”

“It is complete fiction to say I financially abandoned Pramila and my son. They enjoy a far richer life than I do and I have supported them fully.

“My US salary for the last 3 years has been with her, and I gave our house to her. Her foundation also is supported by Zoho,” Vembu said.

“As our son got older (24 today) I felt the endless treatments he was under were not helping much and he would be better off in rural India, closer to loving people and helping to lift up people. She felt I was giving up. Our marriage collapsed under that stress,” he tweeted.

Vembu also blamed his uncle Ram (his father’s younger brother) for the mess by spreading malicious rumours about him and his siblings.

“Sadly Pramila has chosen to trust my uncle Ram who still lives rent free at our home, due to her own frustration that she feels I abandoned the fight on autism. All I can say is that if I am not serving the causes and people I serve now, my will to live would have left me,” Vembu tweeted.

The Zoho founder lives in Tenkasi in Tamil Nadu where Zoho has a centre.

While there are tweets in his support, there are also tweets where he was criticised for leaving his wife with a son having special needs.

“Honestly & most certainly Your Autistic son would hv needed your presence & you shud hv stayed with him instead of moving out. Somehow doesn’t feel right to me. Your business cud hv been managed from there!” tweeted Anantha under the twitter handle @AnanthMaangs

A “majority of couples remain in marriage because of children.. chidlren should be reason for continuing in married life it should never be reason to separate,” tweeted Santheep under the twitter handle @santheepnair.



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