Sridhar Vembu reacts on his twitter handle, Wherein he has wrote 12 points.
In response to the vicious personal attacks and character slandering against me, I feel it’s time to speak up. This is a deeply painful personal matter. My personal life, in contrast to my business life, has been a long tragedy. Autism has destroyed our lives and left me in a state of suicidal depression.
My wife Pramila and I have been fighting against autism for over 15 years now. She is a super mom, and her passionate cause is to cure our son of autism. I worked hard alongside her and even took some of our son’s treatments to ensure his safety.
As our son grew older (he is now 24), I felt that the treatments he was receiving were not effective, and he would be better off in rural India, where he would be closer to loving people and could help uplift others. Unfortunately, my wife felt that I was giving up, and our marriage collapsed under that stress.
Sadly, the end of our marriage has led to a new conflict. Pramila has made unfounded allegations in court about my ownership interest in Zoho Corp, and she has even gone to the press about it. However, the matter is already in court in the US, and my filings are public.
Let me be clear: I have never transferred my shares in the company to anyone else. I lived in the US for the first 24 years of our 27-year history, and much of what constitutes the company was built in India, which is reflected in the ownership.
It is entirely untrue to say that I financially abandoned Pramila and my son. They lead a much richer life than I do, and I have supported them fully. My US salary for the last three years has gone to Pramila, and I even gave our house to her. Furthermore, her foundation is also supported by Zoho.
All of this mess was caused by my uncle Ram, who is my father’s younger brother and lives in the US. I gave him shelter due to his terminal cancer, but he has taken out his own long-running frustrations with my father by spreading malicious rumors about me and my siblings.
Uncle Ram had been estranged from my father and us for decades, and we had little or no communication until I invited him to live with us in California a few years ago purely out of compassion. During his testimony, Uncle Ram described my father, his own elder brother, as someone who “could not rub two nickels together,” which is a complete fabrication. Yes, my father was poor, but he was a proud man who never took anyone’s handout. Uncle Ram was never a part of our lives for decades.
Unfortunately, Pramila has chosen to trust Uncle Ram, who still lives rent-free in our home, due to her own frustration that she feels I abandoned the fight against autism. All I can say is that if I’m not serving the causes and people I’m currently serving, my will to live would have left me.
We’ve been living through this tragic personal life, and now, due to Uncle Ram’s falsehoods, it has added a messy legal dimension. However, I have always supported Pramila and my son, and I will continue to do so as long as I live. I’m confident that truth and justice will prevail.
I have endured vicious personal attacks before, and I will endure this one too. I will continue to build institutions and capabilities in rural India, which is my only remaining purpose in life. My prayer is that someday, my beloved son will join me here.
Please keep us in your prayers