Hyderabad: In what is being seen as a welcome move by many, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spoken against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). In an interview with Buzzfeed, Nadella said, “I think it’s 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, that should be the aspiration.”

The Microsoft chief, who hails from Hyderabad, said that the same treatment that he had received in the US needs to be received by someone who comes to India as well. Highlighting how important migrating to America was to him, he said that his thoughts and opinions have been informed and shaped by their immigration policy and because of “technology reaching me where I was growing up”.

He did not forget to mention his multicultural roots, being born and brought up in Hyderabad. “I’m very proud of where I get my heritage…I always felt it was a great place to grow up, we celebrated Christmas, Diwali, all three festivals that are big for us, and I think what is happening is sad.”

He also made his stand clear on migrants and refugees. “I’m not saying that any country doesn’t and should not care about its own national security, borders do exist and they’re real and people will think about it…but the approach that one takes to deal with what is immigration, who are immigrants and minority groups, that sensibility.”

Shortly after the reporter shared Nadella’s remarks, Microsoft tweeted a statement attributed to the CEO: “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.”

The statement from the top professional comes at a time when the nation is rocked by agitations over CAA and questions around it are being heatedly discussed. The CAA, which has been called ‘anti-constitutional’ and ‘anti-Muslim’ by its critics, aims at granting citizenship for migrants from minority communities, except Muslims, from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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