Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls CAA "sad and bad", BJP MP says "literate need to be educated"
Multiple memes are doing rounds asking if the trolls are going to boycott Microsoft now.
Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella's opinion on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) has divided the Indian populace on fairly predictable lines.
In a interview with Buzzfeed News' Ben Smith, the Indian-origin tech mogul said “I think what is happening is sad...It’s just bad,” when asked about the citizenship act.
Nadella spoke about the importance of his multicultural upbringing in his life and career.
“Even a story like mine being possible in a country like this — I think, 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. If I had to sort of mirror what happened to me in the US, I hope that’s what happens in India.”
By popular demand, here's the verbate pic.twitter.com/I8YcMDJsf8— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 13, 2020
Later in an official statement tweeted from the Microsoft Twitter handle, Nadella said "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."
Statement from Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft pic.twitter.com/lzsqAUHu3I— Microsoft India (@MicrosoftIndia) January 13, 2020
Predictably these statements have not sat well with the ruling party and its supporters. BJP MP Meenaksi Lekhi tweeted the statement saying that this is a "perfect example" of "how literate need to be educated."
How literate need to be educated ! Perfect example. Precise reason for CAA is to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan & Afghanistan.— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) January 14, 2020
How about granting these opportunities to Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis in USA ? pic.twitter.com/eTm0EQ1O25
Multiple memes are doing rounds asking if the right-wing trolls are going to boycott Microsoft now.
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. https://t.co/KsKbDUtMQk— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) January 13, 2020
Nadella's statements reflect how immigrants can have positive impact on the economy and the society. Earlier, Nobel prize winning economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee also emphasised on how the Modi government’s assumption that immigrants are a problem, is problematic.