Satya Nadella, the CEO of American multinational technology Microsoft Corporation, on Monday said he hoped that every single immigrant who is provided the status of being a citizen of the country under the newly amended Citizenship Amendment Act, which has caused a lot of furore across the country, may aspire for a prosperous future and equally benefit the society and economy.
Nadella, in a statement, said, "Every country will and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly. And in democracies, that is something that the people and their governments will debate and define within those bounds."
"I'm shaped by my Indian heritage, growing up in a multicultural India and my immigrant experience in the United States. My hope is for an India where an immigrant can aspire to found a prosperous start-up or lead a multinational corporation benefitting Indian society and the economy at large," he added in the first-ever reaction from a big tech CEO on India's citizenship debate.
Nadella, an Indian immigrant in the US who now heads the American tech giant, however, called the new legislation "bad and sad" in an interview with Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith.
In a tweet, Ben said: Asked Microsoft CEO @satyanadella about India's new Citizenship Act. (He said) I think what is happening is sad... It's just bad.... I would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant who comes to India and creates the next unicorn in India or becomes the next CEO of Infosys.
When one of the greatest living Indians speaks, we should all listen carefully. Satya Nadella makes us proud - an amazing global leader with a heart. https://t.co/cXnqtm6Uq5— Prannoy Roy (@PrannoyRoyNDTV) January 13, 2020
Is Satya Nadella an International Naxal now?— Jyoti Yadav (@jyotiyadaav) January 13, 2020
How Pseudo-Liberal's see Satya Nadella after his statement on CAA. pic.twitter.com/z9oB70cM3k— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) January 13, 2020
I’m somewhat surprised that Satya Nadella touched this issue, but not at all surprised that he disapproves of India’s citizenship law. A successful firm like Microsoft is built on the principle of treating all people equally regardless of their faith. https://t.co/wcqspaZp4C— Sadanand Dhume (@dhume) January 13, 2020
I am glad Satya Nadella has said what he has. I wish that one of our own IT czars had the courage and wisdom to say this first. Or to say it even now. https://t.co/KsKbDUtMQk— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) January 13, 2020
Satya Nadella don't even want us to enjoy. The monkeys just started dancing and he ruined the show by releasing this statement. https://t.co/i7jL7vqHMW— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) January 13, 2020
RT if you want @TajinderBagga to Boycott Microsoft, Google & Facebook, basically boycott technology itself after India's greatest techie Satya Nadella's comment on CAA— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) January 13, 2020
India, for over a month now, has witnessed protests and counter-protests after the government passed that allows persecuted refugees, including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians but not Muslims, who came here on or before December 31, 2014, from three neighbouring countries (Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan) to seek citizenship of the country.