BN Yugandhar, the father of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, has passed away today on the 13th September.
The 80-year-old passed away in his native Hyderabad from respiratory-related problems after a brief illness.
He is only survived by Satya Nadella, his only son, as his wife, Prabhavathi, a Sanskrit lecturer, had herself passed away three years ago.
Yugandhar was a bureaucrat who served in the Indian government and served as a planning commission member during Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s tenure as PM, besides working under former Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao. He also acted as director of Lal Bahadur Shastry Nation Academy of Administration.
Yugandhar was known for his sincerity and simplicity, qualities it appears he passed on to his son and like Nadella, implemented many schemes designed to benefit the poor and marginalised sections of the society. When Satya Nadella was elevated to the position of Microsoft CEO in 2014, BN Yugandar and his family members sought to avoid media attention, saying they wished for privacy.
The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu in a tweet publicly expressed his condolences at Yugandhar’s passing, characterising him as upright and committed officer.
Saddened by the demise of former bureaucrat Shri B N Yugandhar.
He was an upright, committed officer.
He worked for upliftment of the marginalised sections of the society & to improve life in rural India. My heartfelt condolences to his family members.May his soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/0S0ecNBZQX
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) September 13, 2019
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao also expressed his condolences to Satya Nadella for his loss, and I am sure our readers will join him in doing the same.