Shashi Tharoor Reacts to Bill Gates and Narayana Murthy’s Work Week Suggestion

Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys, proposed that India’s young work for 70 hours per week in order to increase the country’s overall work productivity and GDP. This remark by the billionaire sparked debate online, with some, like JSW Chairman Sajjan Jindal, endorsing the notion while others questioned the long-term health repercussions of working inappropriate and extraordinarily long hours. Meanwhile, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recently declared that “the purpose of life is not just to do jobs” and addressed the positive aspects of artificial intelligence in the workplace. In a recent episode of Trevor Noah’s “What Now?” podcast, the billionaire argued that AI would free up workers for more beneficial tasks. “So if you eventually get a society where…” he said.

In response to the two tech executives’ opinions, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said on X, formerly Twitter, “Bill Gates says a three-day workweek ought to be possible.” In other words, if Mr. Gates and Mr. Narayana Murthy meet down and hammer out a compromise, we’ll end up right back where we started, with a five-day work week!”

His message has received several responses from internet users after it was shared.