Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella criticizes India's discriminatory CAA law

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2020

Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella has criticised a new citizenship law passed by India's Hindu nationalist government last month that critics say goes against the spirit of the country's secular constitution.

On Monday, he had said that he would be keen to see a Bangladeshi immigrant "creating the next unicorn in India" or becoming the next Infosys CEO. Smith said Nadella made the comment in response to a question at a meeting with editors during a Microsoft event. "I think it's just bad", Nadella told BuzzFeed at an event in NY. I'm shaped by my Indian heritage, growing up in a multicultural India and my immigrant experience in the US.

Soon afterwards Microsoft India issued a statement quoting Mr Nadella where he reiterates his hope for "an India where an immigrant can aspire to found a prosperous start-up".

BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi countered Nadella's statement by suggesting to grant CAA-like provisions to Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis in the United States, calling it a "perfect example" of "how literate need to be educated".

Ramachandra Guha said that he was glad at what Nadella has said.

The legislation, which has come into force from January 10, has led to intense protests across the country since December when the legislation was passed by Parliament, with students coming out on the streets in thousands in nearly all the states.

India's Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which eases the path for non-Muslims in the neighbouring Muslim-majority nations of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to gain citizenship, has triggered weeks of sometimes violent protests in the world's second most populous country. At least 19 persons were killed in anti-CAA protests in Uttar Pradesh.

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