Sam Pitroda

Profession: Telecom Engineer, Inventor, Entrepreneur


Daughter of Sam Pitroda

Rajal

Son of Sam Pitroda

Salil

Wife/Spouse of Sam Pitroda

Anjana (Marriage: 1966)

Favourite Leader of Sam Pitroda

Mahatma Gandhi

Favourite Politician of Sam Pitroda

Rajiv Gandhi

Awards/Honours of Sam Pitroda

Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration and Management Services (2000)
Lifetime Achievement Award (2002)
Doctorate of Science (D.Sc) by Andhra University (2008)
Padma Bhushan by the government of India (2009)
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Illinois at Chicago (2010)
World Telecommunication and Information Society Award to Pitroda in Geneva (2011)

Controversy of Sam Pitroda

In March 2019, he sparked controversy by saying that Pakistan can not be blamed for 26/11 attack and Pulwama attack. He said, "Eight people (26/11 terrorists) come and do something, you don't jump on the entire nation. Naive to assume that just because some people came here and attacked, every citizen of that nation is to be blamed. I don't believe in that way." On Balakot Air Strike, he questioned, "If they (IAF) killed 300, it's ok. All I am saying is - can you give me more facts and prove it?' He further added, "I would like to know a little more because I read reports in the New York Times and other newspapers. Did we really attack? We really killed 300 people? I don't know that. As a citizen, I am entitled to know and if I ask it is my duty to ask, that doesn't mean I'm not a nationalist, That doesn't mean I am on this side or that side. We need to know the facts. If you say 300 people were killed, I need to know that" [1]  

Information about Sam Pitroda

When he was 22 years old, he moved to the United States for higher education and worked for GTE (General Telephone & Electronics Corporation) in Chicago in 1966.  His family is deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophy.  Pitroda joined Wescom Switching in 1974, which was one of the first digital switching companies. Over the period of the next four years, he developed the 580 DSS switches.  When Rockwell International acquired Wescom, Pitroda became the Vice President of it.  When he was a child, he along with his brother was sent to Gujarat to learn Gandhian Philosophy.  Does Sam Pitroda smoke?: Not Known  Does Sam Pitroda drink alcohol?: Not Known 


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