Google CEO Sundar Pichai received the Padma Bhushan award on Friday (December 2, 2022) from the Indian envoy in the US. Pichai accepted the award from India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, in the presence of his close family members in San Francisco.“India is a part of me and I carry it with me wherever I go,” he said, “Unlike this beautiful award which I will keep somewhere safe.”
India-born Sundar Pichai was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award, on the eve of India’s 73rd Republic Day. The Ministry of Home Affairs conferred the award to Pichai alongside Satya Nadella (Microsoft), N Chandrasekaran (Tata Group), Krishna and Suchitra Ella (Bharat Biotech) and Cyrus Poonawalla (Serum Institute of India ) in the ‘Trade and Industry’ category.
“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,” Pichai said. “I look forward to continuing the great partnership between Google and India, as we work together to bring the benefits of technology to more people.” India’s Consul General in San Francisco, T V Nagendra Prasad was also present during the event.