4 Points on Satya Nadella’s statement amid citizenship row

The widespread protest on Citizenship Amendment Act has not just raged fires across the country but equal anticipation has been seen from technology leaders who have been the spectators for long durations. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s comment came amid widespread protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in the country that left the social media flooding with replies and comments.

Statement


Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella on Monday was saddened by ‘what was happening’ around the country amid protests over the most speculated and conversed topic of CAA. "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 told BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith at a Microsoft event in the US.

Twitter Statement by Microsoft


Post this statement Microsoft took on to twitter, tweeting from its official handle, “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.”

Later in another statement on twitter, Microsoft India 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 benefitting Indian society and the economy at large.”

Anticipation


Satya Nadella who was raised in Hyderabad which is famous for being the tech hub to the popular Microsoft research and development centre outside the US went on to state such bold views about the ongoing crisis in the country. This statement came amid the citizenship row which has been termed as ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘communal’ by the protestors. This law majorly focuses on expediting citizenship for minority migrants in the neighboring countries targeting muslims out of the ambit.

Tech against fascism


One of the activists who backed the statement by Nadella is Ramachandra Guha who was arrested by police while participating in protest against CAA in Bengaluru last month. He wished for more IT industry to 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. A group of 150 Indian origin professionals from Google, Uber, Amazon and Facebook wrote an open letter against the Citizenship Amendment Act dubbing both inititatives of CAA and NRC as fascist.

The letter by "TechAgainstFascism" on online publishing platform Medium also urged business leaders such as Satya Nadella, Alphabet Inc CEO Sundar Pichai and Reliance Industries Limited head Mukesh Ambani to "publicly denounce" the central government's actions. "The CAA 2019 combined with the NRC is a deeply anti-Muslim scheme that will create greater statelessness and global disparity for Muslims, growing worse with India's economic decline and climate change," the letter read.

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