The chief executive officer (CEO) of US multinational company Microsoft has condemns India’s controversial citizenship law.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who is of Indian origin, described the situation in India after the controversial citizenship law as unfortunate.
According to British broadcaster BBC, Satya Nadella spoke for the first time on a controversial Indian citizenship law on a question posed by the editor-in-chief of the well-known website ‘Buzzfeed News’ during a ceremony in New York.
Asked Microsoft CEO @satyanadella about India's new Citizenship Act. "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" cc @PranavDixit
— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 13, 2020
Satya Nadella said in response to the question, “In his view, what is happening in India after the controversial citizenship law is regrettable”.
The Indian-born CEO of Microsoft spoke very briefly on the controversial citizenship law, expressing regret over India’s current situation and terming it as ‘bad’.
After the Satya Nadella statement, he was also subjected to alleged criticism by Indians.
“He wants to see a Bangladeshi immigrant in India who come here and becomes the CEO of a technology company,” Satya Nadella said in a statement.
In his statement, he said, “It is the Indian government’s authority to make immigration laws and this is democracy.”
Statement from Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft pic.twitter.com/lzsqAUHu3I
— Microsoft India (@MicrosoftIndia) January 13, 2020
Satya Nadella is the first major official of any major multinational technology organization who has spoken out against the controversial Indian citizenship law.
Under the controversial citizenship law, citizens of Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Jain, Parsi and Buddhist religions coming from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be given citizenship before December 31, 2014.
Under the aforementioned law, Muslim refugees will not be able to get Indian citizenship, which has led to protests across India for the last one-and-a-half months and 25 people have been killed in the protests till January 10, 2020.
More than 300 people were injured and over 1,000 were arrested during protests against the controversial citizenship law.