Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that India is the hotbed of protests. The incumbent government had introduced a controversial bill last year, CAB, which has now become an act, the CAA. Unlike many Indian IT czars, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn’t mince his words. He expressed concerns over the act.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act was passed by the Parliament of India on December 11, 2019. But even before it became an act, India witnessed many protests, especially from students and universities. Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News, asked a question to the CEO regarding the pressure on firms in India in the purview of CAA. He humbly replied, “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.”
You can see Nadella’s entire answer below:
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— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 13, 2020
Microsoft India issued a statement in which 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”.
His take on the issue got responses from both sides. Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple have major parts of their business in India and they haven’t yet responded to requests for comment.