Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO became one of the first big corporate names to speak on the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) while talking to editors in Manhattan on January 13.
“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 become the next CEO of Infosys,” Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of buzzfeednews.com, tweeted.
Satya Nadella is a native of Hyderabad in India and has been CEO of Microsoft since February 2014. His comments come as protests continue in different parts of India against the contentious CAA.
In a statement issued by Microsoft India, Mr. Nadella 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”.
The Central Government of India last week issued a gazetted notification announcing that the CAA has come into effect from January 10, 2020.
There have been widespread protests against the CAA in different parts of India.