Microsoft CEO Nadella 'saddened' by India's citizenship law

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2020

Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of technology giant Microsoft, on Tuesday said that he was saddened by a new citizenship law based on religion that was recently implemented in his home country. "If I had to sort of mirror what happened to me in the U.S., I hope that's what happens in India", Satya Nadella, who hails from Hyderabad, was quoted as saying in the report. "I think it's just bad", Nadella told BuzzFeed at a Microsoft event in Manhattan; Market regulator SEBI has extended the deadline given to companies to separate the roles of chairman and managing director by two years till April 2022; German engineering group Siemens said it would fulfil its contractual obligations to a controversial coal mining project in Australia's outback, attracting criticism from environmental groups on Monday.

Nadella and Microsoft were among the top trending topics on Twitter in India.

India's Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) eases the path for non-Muslims from the neighbouring Muslim-majority nations of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to gain citizenship, but excludes Muslims.

"Every country will and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly", Nadella was quoted as saying. And in democracies, that is something the people and their governments will debate and define within those bounds. Guha had been detained by the police while protesting against the Act in Bengaluru last month.

"I'm somewhat surprised that Satya Nadella touched this issue, but not at all surprised that he disapproves of India's citizenship law". I wish that one of our own IT czars had the courage and wisdom to say this first.

Soon afterwards Microsoft India issued a statement quoting Mr Nadella where he reiterates his hope for "an India where an immigrant can aspire to found a prosperous start-up".

As per the Act, such communities will not be treated as illegal immigrants and will be given Indian citizenship.

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

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