Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks out on CAA protests, calls the situation “sad”

Satya Nadella, senior vice president of research and development for the online services division for Microsoft Corp., speaks during a Microsoft Search Summit event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. Microsoft Corp. updated its Bing search engine today, aiming to build on U.S. market-share gains last month as it chases Google Inc. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Regardless of what you think about the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), the fact is that it has divided the country. If not on caste or religion, then on the principles on which our constitution was built upon. There is a clear divide between the people who want it and the ones who don’t. The move has sparked unprecedented protests across the nation with celebrities and politicians speaking their mind on the issue. 

In an interview with Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called the situation “sad” and that he 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.”

Following Nadella’s statement, BJP’s Meenakshi Lekhi hit out against Microsoft’s CEO stating that the “Literate need to be educated,” and calling it the precise reason “for CAA is to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan & Afghanistan.” 

Historian Ramachandra Guha, who has been outspoken against the CAA, welcomed Nadella’s remarks, asking more “IT Czars” to step forward and speak their minds. 

Nadella has since issued a statement through Microsoft India’s official Twitter handle stating that “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.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke on the protests happening in the country. In a rally at Belur Math in Kolkata, he said that youth are being misguided by rumours and said CAA was meant to grant citizenship not take it away.