CAA: Microsoft’s CEO Nadella upset with current situation; talks about inclusive India

Cheryl Sanders
January 15, 2020

Massive protests have erupted in India following the introduction of the law. Even as the government refuses to budge.

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., speaks to attendees during the launch event of the Galaxy Note 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. "I think it's just bad", Nadella said at an event in NY. "That should be the aspiration".

Meanwhile, author and columnist Sadanand Dhume said, "I'm somewhat surprised that Satya Nadella touched this issue, but not at all surprised that he disapproves of India's citizenship law". As per the legislation, non-Muslim citizens from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who have faced religious persecution and moved to India before or on December 31, 2014, will be given citizenship.

Nadella was quick to point out that he was not against any country protecting its borders or regulating immigration. #BoycottWindows was trending on Tuesday morning, with people calling on Nadella to "study the CAA before you comment" and to learn how minorities live in the countries affected by the law.

Post furious debates on Twitter and many asking Smith to share the conversation verbatim to avoid miscommunication, Smith sent out a transcript with the exact conversation between him and Nadella. I feel, and and in fact quite frankly, now being informed shaped by the two wonderful 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.

Historian Ramchandra Guha supported Mr. Nadella's view. But it was too late - the original statement was already floating around, and a comparison of the two only made Microsoft look worse.

The remarks spread like wildfire on social media, following which Microsoft India issued a statement, in which Nadella was quoted saying every country would and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly.

"My hope is for an India where an immigrant can aspire to found a prosperous start-up or lead a multinational corporation benefiting Indian society and the economy at large".

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