Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella criticizes Indian government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)

  • Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella criticizes Indian government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella criticizes Indian government’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has spoken out about India's controversial new citizenship law.

"I think what is happening is sad, primarily as sort of someone who grew up there". This and more news on News Blast.

Satya Nadella had expressed his reservations over the Citizenship Amendment Act in an interaction with BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith at a Microsoft event on Monday. "I think it's just bad", according to BuzzFeed. I feel, and and in fact quite frankly, now being informed shaped by the two unbelievable American things that I've observed which is both, it's technology reaching me where I was growing up and its immigration policy and even a story like mine being possible in a country like this.

Precise reason for CAA is to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan & Afghanistan.

The statement was ill-received by some Twitterati with #SatyaNadella and #Microsoft trending within hours of the tweet.

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.

Following Nadella's remarks, Microsoft put out a statement attributed to the CEO: "Every country will and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly". Capitalism has thrived because of market forces and liberal values, both acting and I hope India figures it out, Nadella said. "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 said, but added that there was some good news to be drawn from the fact that people were at least debating the law in what was a "messy democracy". I wish that one of our own IT czars had the courage and wisdom to say this first.

The Citizenship Amendment Act came into effect on January 10, 2020, as directed by the Centre in a Gazette notification.

Citizens across the country have been protesting against the law many dubbing it "unconstitutional" and "anti-Muslim".