Update (14-01-2020 11:10 am IST): BuzzFeed News reporter Pranav Dixit noted in a tweet Microsoft has published a diluted statement detailing Nadella’s position on CAA legislation in India, after the media published its article with the CEO’s appointment to editor in chief Ben Smith. This highlights the reluctance of companies to take a stand on political issues related to the countries in which they do business.
It is rare for CEOs of technology companies to take a stand on political issues, particularly when they are not directly affected. Satya Nadella broke the trend today, as she criticized India’s controversial Citizen Amendment Law (CAA) that excludes Muslim refugees from obtaining citizenship in India (while granting privilege to refugees from other persecuted minorities).
Speaking to BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith at an event in Manhattan yesterday, the Indian-born CEO said that what is happening in the country is “sad.” He added that he would love to see A Bangladeshi comes to the country and creates the next unicorn:
I think what is happening is sad. I feel, and in fact, frankly, now that I am being informed by the two amazing American things that I have observed, which is at the same time, it is the technology that got me where I was growing and its immigration policy and even a story like mine it is possible in a country like this
I think it’s bad, in any case, I would love to see an immigrant from Bangladesh 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 reflect what happened to me in the United States, I hope that’s what happens in India.
Later last night Microsoft India He published a statement where Nadella said: “My hope is that an India where an immigrant can aspire to find a thriving startup or lead a multinational corporation that benefits Indian society and economy in general.”
Statement by Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft pic.twitter.com/lzsqAUHu3I
– Microsoft India (@MicrosoftIndia) January 13, 2020
In summary, the new legislation of the CAA of India, cNicknamed the proposed National Registry of Citizens (NRC), it represents a threat to minorities in the country.
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– Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) January 13, 2020
The passage of the law has caused numerous ongoing protests across the country, curfews and internet closures in various areas, and violence by masked thugs in universities.
While Nadella is one of the first CEOs of Indian origin in the valley to comment on this issue, it will be good to see other people desi comment on the law.