Tuesday Jan 14, 2020
Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer of technology giant Microsoft, on Tuesday said that he was saddened by a new citizenship law based on religion that was recently implemented in his home country.
According to a report published on news website BuzzFeed, Nadella, who grew up in the Indian state of Hyderabad, said that he thought what was happening in the Hindu-majority country was bad.
"I think what is happening is sad, primarily as sort of someone who grew up there... I think it's just bad," Nadella, who was also educated in the tech hub of Hyderabad, told BuzzFeed at a Microsoft event in Manhattan.
India has been rocked by protests since the parliament passed the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which eases the path for non-Muslims in Muslim-majority countries to gain citizenship.
If combined with a proposed national register of citizens, critics of the CAA fear it will discriminate against the Muslim minority in India and chip away at the secular constitution, reported news agency Reuters.
Microsoft did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. The company's India Twitter handle here put out a statement quoting Nadella as saying he was shaped by "growing up in a multicultural India" and his "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 benefiting Indian society and the economy at large.”
Nadella and Microsoft were among the top trending topics on Twitter in India. On Wednesday, Hindustan Times quoted a official of the ruling party in India responding to the comments of the Microsoft CEO.
"How literate need to be educated ! Perfect example. Precise reason for CAA is to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan & Afghanistan," the official said in response to Nadella.
With additional input from Reuters