Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella voices concern over Citizenship Act

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella voiced concern over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), saying what is happening is “sad” and he would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant create the next unicorn in India.

His comments came while speaking to editors at a Microsoft event in Manhattan, New York, Jan.  13, where he was asked about the contentious issue of CAA which grants citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

“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,” Nadella was quoted as saying by Ben Smith, the Editor-in-Chief of New York-based BuzzFeed News, according to a Huffingtonpost.in report.

A Live Mint report in India said that in a statement issued by Microsoft India, 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 benefiting Indian society and the economy at large.”

The Indian government last week issued a gazette notification announcing that the CAA has come into effect from January 10, 2020. The bill was passed by Parliament on Dec. 11.

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