Voicing concern against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has stressed that immigrants can benefit the Indian economy and the society by creating startups or leading companies like Infosys.
I think, it's just bad, if anything, I would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant who comes to India and creates the next unicorn in India or becomes the CEO of Infosys.
Though Microsoft promptly tried to make ammends and issued a fresh statement by Nadella, and 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", said the India-born CEO. I feel, and and in fact quite frankly, now being informed shaped by the two wonderful American things that I've observed which is both, it's technology reaching me where I was growing up and its immigration policy and even a story like mine being possible in a country like this.
Lekhi's analogy of providing "opportunities" to Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis in the United States was meant to highlight the victims have been the religious minority facing persecution, who are being given priority through the CAA.
Last week, the Centre had issued a gazette notification announcing that CAA has come into effect from January 10, 2020.
Speaking at a Microsoft event for editors in New York, Mr Nadella said: "I think what is happening is sad, primarily as sort of someone who grew up there".
The CAA was passed by Parliament on December 11.
The CAA seeks to provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh on or before December 31, 2014.