NEW DELHI: A couple of hours after BuzzFeed News’ editor-in-chief Ben Smith posted a tweet quoting him on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, Microsoft’s global CEO Satya Nadella issued a more nuanced statement on the subject.
“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 US. 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,” said the statement issued by Nadella.
Statement from Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft pic.twitter.com/lzsqAUHu3I
— Microsoft India (@MicrosoftIndia) January 13, 2020
Earlier, Smith’s tweet quoted Nadella as saying, “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.” Smith said Nadella made the comment in response to a question at a meeting with editors during a Microsoft event.
The government on Monday came out in strong defence of Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar — who has been under fire for his alleged failure to reach out to students and restore normalcy on the campus — with Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal praising the VC’s “good work” in an exclusive interview with TOI.
The Centre last week issued a gazette notification announcing that the CAA has come into effect from January 10, 2020. The CAA was passed by Parliament on December 11.
According to the legislation, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 due to religious persecution will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.
There have been widespread protests against the Act in different parts of the country.