Voicing concern against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has stressed that immigrants can benefit the Indian economy and the society by creating startups or leading companies like Infosys.
A separate statement released by Microsoft India quoted the CEO of the tech giant as saying that he was shaped by a combination of his Indian heritage, the time spent growing up in a multicultural India and later by his "immigrant experience" in the United States.
I think what is happening is sad.
Speaking to editors at a Microsoft event in NY, he also said he would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant who comes to India create the next unicorn in India.
The statement was ill-received by some Twitterati with #SatyaNadella and #Microsoft trending within hours of the tweet.
Reacting to Nadella's statement, Guha said, "I am glad Satya Nadella has said what he has".
According to the legislation, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till 31 December, 2014, due to religious persecution will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. And in democracies, that is something the people and their governments will debate and define within those bounds. I wish that one of our own IT czars had the courage and wisdom to say this first.
The legislation, which has come into force from January 10, has led to intense protests across the country since December when the legislation was passed by Parliament, with students coming out on the streets in thousands in nearly all the states.
Citizens across the country have been protesting against the law many dubbing it "unconstitutional" and "anti-Muslim".
Satya Nadella's comment comes amid ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which aims to expedite citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from three neighbouring countries.