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Sridhar Vembu will speak on rural job creation at RSS event, nothing more to it: Zoho

  • Vembu and a top Accenture executive were in the midst of a controversy this week after a digital poster announced them as guests at the RSS event

Bengaluru: Sridhar Vembu, founder and chief executive officer of Zoho Corporation Pvt Ltd, will share his expertise and experience in creating jobs in rural areas, at an event in Chennai organised by right-wing organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the company said in a statement.

There is "nothing more to it", Zoho said.

Vembu and a top Accenture executive were in the midst of a controversy this week after a digital poster announced them as guests at the RSS event, scheduled to be held in February. Their decision to participate in the event amid protests across the nation against the citizenship law, sparked criticism and debate online. Social media users called for the boycott of the products and services of these companies.

Rama S. Ramachandran, Managing Director at Accenture India, said that he had not consented to attend the event. Vembu however tweeted: "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."

On Friday evening, Zoho, in an e-mailed statement, said: "Creating jobs in rural areas, a pressing priority in India, is a subject Sridhar is passionate about. As a result, Zoho has been creating high paying jobs in rural communities. Sridhar had agreed to share his expertise and experience at a forum focused on this topic. There was nothing more to it."

A spokesperson added: "Why Sridhar had agreed to attend was because it was a platform to share his views on development, particularly that in rural India."

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