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माइक्रोसॉफ्ट के सीईओ सत्य नडेला ने सीएए को बुरा और दुखद बताया, प्रतिभाशाली प्रवासियों की बातचीत – इंडिया टुडे

माइक्रोसॉफ्ट के सीईओ सत्य नडेला ने सीएए को बुरा और दुखद बताया, प्रतिभाशाली प्रवासियों की बातचीत – इंडिया टुडे

Translating…

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, himself an immigrant from India in the US, has called the recently-passed CAA bad and sad. 

Satya Nadella

Photo: Reuters

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Microsoft CEO called the citizenship debate in India and CAA bad and sad.
  • Nadella said he would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant become CEO of Infosys.
  • The Microsoft CEO made his comment in reply to a question from an America journalist. 

This is the first reaction from a big tech CEO on India’s citizenship debate. Satya Nadella, an Indian immigrant in the US who now heads Microsoft, has called India’s new citizenship bill bad and sad. Although it is not clear if Nadella is calling CAA bad or whether he is commenting on the issue of this whole controversy around who is an Indian citizen and who is not, the Microsoft CEO seems to be hinting that immigration is good for a country.

Nadella made his comments to Ben Smith, editor of Buzzfeed who asked him about the citizenship controversy in India. In a tweet, Ben said: Asked Microsoft CEO @satyanadella about India’s new Citizenship Act. (He said) 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.

Given that the information comes courtesy a tweet, limited by 280 characters, clearly it seems to be missing a lot of context and nuances. It is possible that when talking of immigrants, Nadella did not mean illegal immigrants. Instead, he spoke of legal immigration, which could help countries attract talented people who could contribute to a society in various ways.

In Silicon Valley, legal immigrants from India are a force to reckon with. Nadella is the CEO of Microsoft. At the same time, Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google as well as Alphabet. There are tens of other Indian immigrants who are now CEOs and startup founders in Silicon Valley. It is possible that Nadella, with his own experience of an outsider who moved to a different country and then was accepted in that country purely on the basis of merit, prefers immigration laws that are more open and less divisive.

For over a month now, India is in the middle of protests and counter-protests after the government passed and just a day ago notified Citizenship Amendment Act that allows persecuted refugees (Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians but not Muslims) from three neighbouring countries (Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan) to seek expedited citizenship in India. Many have called the Act unconstitutional as well as unfair, as it seeks to define citizenship on the basis of religion. The anti-CAA protesters have also drawn attention to the perceived link between CAA and the proposed nationwide National Citizens Register, a vague exercise with which the government wants to identify illegal immigrants in India.

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