In a response to the anti-CAA protests in India, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella said that he was saddened by "what is happening" in India.
His response came while he answering a question on the topic by US-based editor-in-chief, BuzzFeed, Ben Smith. "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," Satya Nadella said during an event of Microsoft in the US.
Nadella's statement came as a backlash for Hindu rightwing government in India as PM Modi is a staunch supporter of Microsoft's owner Bill Gate's projects and business interests in India. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was chosen for the the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s ‘Global GoalKeeper Award for his work with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or Clean India project. In May 2018, Bill Gates also came out in support of the Aadhaar scheme by Modi government saying the Aadhaar technology does not pose any privacy issue.
Soon after, Satya Nadella not only expressed sadness over anti-CAA protests, but also reinstated his idea over citizenship through another tweet . Mr Nadella said in his new tweet, "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."
Mr Nadella hails from Hyderabad, a technology hub that is home to the biggest Microsoft research and development centre outside the US.
The law aims to expedite citizenship for migrants from minority communities in three neighbouring countries, leaving Muslims out of its ambit. Critics say that the law, when implemented along with the National Register of Citizens (NRC), will threaten genuine Muslim citizens in the country.
Mr Nadella's comment was backed by noted historian Ramachandra Guha, who wished that big names in the domestic IT industry would take a stand like him. "I am glad Satya Nadella has said what he has. I wish that one of our own IT czars had the courage and wisdom to say this first. Or to say it even now," he tweeted.
Ramachandra Guha was detained by police while participating in a protest against the citizenship law in Bengaluru last month.