Satya Nadella on CAA: Hoping immigrants can benefit Indian society, economy

Nellie Chapman
January 16, 2020

"I think what's happening is sad ..."

Buzzfeed News' editor-in-chief Ben Smith shared Nadella's criticism of the Act on Twitter.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's statement that "CAA is just bad for India" has not gone down well with the BJP, and party MP Meenakshi Lekhi trained guns at the corporate biggie on Tuesday.

The Microsoft boss' tweet was also retweeted by Indian-origin Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who said "Thank you ⁦@satyanadella⁩ for speaking out & raising your voice about the #CAA". As per the legislation, non-Muslim citizens from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have faced religious persecution and moved to India before or on December 31, 2014, will be given citizenship.

A different statement tendered by Microsoft India quoted the CEO as saying that he was shaped by a combination of his Indian heritage, the time spent growing up in a multicultural India and later by his "immigrant experience" in the United States.

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Further, Satya goes defensive calling national security should be considered, and the immigration is an issue of every country, but the approach one takes to deal with it, should be sensible.

India, for over a month now, has witnessed protests and counter-protests when the govt. passed that permits persecuted refugees, as well as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, and Christians however not Muslims, United Nations agency, came here on or before December 31, 2014, from 3 neighboring countries (Bangladesh, Asian nation and Afghanistan) to hunt citizenship of the country. "And in democracies, that is something that the people and their governments will debate and define within those bounds", said the India-born CEO.

Nadella, 52, is one of the two top tech leaders in the USA of Indian origin, apart from Sundar Pichai who heads Google.

Nadella grew up in Hyderabad, a technology hub in India that is home to the biggest Microsoft research and development centre outside of the United States. In a tweet he said, "I am glad Satya Nadella has said what he has".

The Microsoft CEO's statement comes amid ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which critics have termed as "communal" and "unconstitutional" in nature. The law's passage was condemned by some Muslim leaders and triggered large protests, which PM Narendra Modi blamed on malicious rumors and disinformation spread by India's enemies.

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