1/ With Vicious Personal Attacks And Slander On My Character, It Is Time For Me To Respond

Sridhar Vembu

twitter thread from Sridhar Vembu

1/ With vicious personal attacks and slander on my character, it is time for me to respond.

This is a deeply painful personal thread. My personal life, in contrast to my business life, has been a long tragedy. Autism destroyed our lives and left me suicidally depressed.

2/ My wife Pramila and I were in this fight against autism for over 15 years. She is a super mom and her passionate cause is curing our son of autism. I worked hard along with her. To ensure his safety I also took some of his treatments so I could know what they did to him.
3/ As our son got older (24 today) I felt the endless treatments he was under were not helping much and he would be better off in rural India, closer to loving people and helping to lift up people. She felt I was giving up. Our marriage collapsed under that stress.
4/ Unfortunately the end of our marriage brought a new conflict. She is making unfounded allegations in court about my ownership interest in Zoho Corp and she has chosen to go to the press too. The matter is in court in the US, my filings are public.
5/ I will say this unequivocally: I never ever 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. That is reflected in the ownership.
6/ It is complete fiction to say I financially abandoned Pramila and my son. They enjoy a far richer life than I do and I have supported them fully.

My US salary for the last 3 years has been with her, and I gave our house to her. Her foundation also is supported by Zoho.

7/ All of this mess was caused by my uncle Ram (my father’s younger brother) living in the US, who I gave shelter to due to his terminal cancer, taking out his own long running frustrations with my father. He is doing that by spreading malicious rumours about me and my siblings.
8/ My uncle Ram from Alaska was 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 on compassionate grounds due to his terminal cancer and his lack of family to care for him.
9/ My uncle described my father, his own elder brother; under oath as “my brother could not rub two nickels together” and that is how low he can get. Yes my father was poor but he is a proud man who never took anyone’s handout. My uncle was never part of our lives for decades.
10/ Sadly Pramila has chosen to trust my uncle Ram who still lives rent free at our home, due to her own frustration that she feels I abandoned the fight on autism.

All I can say is that if I am not serving the causes and people I serve now, my will to live would have left me.

11/ We have lived this tragic personal life. Now due to my uncle Ram’s falsehoods, the tragedy has added a messy legal dimension.

I have always supported Pramila and my son and will continue to support them as long I live.

I am confident truth and justice will prevail.

12/ 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, my only remaining purpose in life. My prayer is that someday my beloved son will join me here.

Please pray for us🙏🏻

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