Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who happens to be an Indian immigrant in the US on Tuesday reacted to the chaos in the country for the first time. In response to Ben Smith, editor of Buzzfeed, Nadella stated that the new Citizenship Amendment Act is ‘bad and sad’. In a series of agitations across the country against the act, Nadella’s disappointment came a storm in the tech and political circles. Though his comment is vague if he opposed or welcomed the act, his statement for sure hinted that immigration is good for a country.
Smith spilled the beans over his online website and micro-blogging site saying- “Asked Microsoft CEO @satyanadella about India’s new Citizenship Act”, to which Satya’s reply was reported as “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.” With a wave of messages from across the world for an explanation, Microsoft released a statement which read as follows,
“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 & the economy at large.” – Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft