Amid protests across the country over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella termed the situation in India as tragic. In response to a question asked by BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith regarding CAA, Nadella said, ‘I think what is happening is sad. This is just bad. I would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant who comes to India and becomes the next CEO of Infosys with his active contribution. ‘ Noted history Ramchandra Guha has welcomed this statement of Nadella. Guha himself has been a supporter of the fact that the people of the IT sector of the country should show courage to speak against this law.
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
In support of Nadella’s statement, Guha wrote on Twitter, ‘I am happy that Satya Nadella said what he felt. I want people in our IT sector to have the courage to say what they think. Let me tell you, Ramchandra Guha has been continuously attacking the central government regarding CAA. He has openly opposed this law. He was also arrested by the Bangalore Police last month for attending a rally organized against the CAA in Bengaluru.
It has happened for the first time that many IT professionals who are working in top tech giants like Google, Amazon & Facebook have written an open letter against CAA and NRC issues. In their letter, these veterans have termed these two laws as fascist. Through the letter, these people have asked Satya Nadella, Alphabet Inc CEO Sundar Pichai and Reliance chief Mukesh Ambani to publicly condemn the move of the central government. The letter states, ‘CAA 2019 is a comprehensive anti-Muslim scheme jointly with the NRC, which will create greater legitimacy and global inequality for Muslims. India’s situation is already getting worse due to economic decline and climate change.
Statement from Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft pic.twitter.com/lzsqAUHu3I
— Microsoft India (@MicrosoftIndia) January 13, 2020
In addition, the United Nations Human Rights Office has also called CAA ‘fundamentally discriminatory’. In its statement, the Human Rights Office said that this law “weakens” the commitment to equality provided by the Indian Constitution. At the same time, last month, BJP MP from Bengaluru, Tejashwi Surya, had created controversy by claiming that only the “illiterate and puncture-wall” people are opposing this law.