The immigrant from India, who made it big in the US, called the Narendra Modi government’s new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) both “sad” and “bad” at a Microsoft event in New York yesterday (Jan. 13).
“I think what is happening is sad, primarily as sort of someone who grew up there… I think it’s just bad,” Nadella, who was also educated in the tech hub of Hyderabad, told BuzzFeed at a Microsoft event in Manhattan.
“I would love to see a Bangladesh immigrant who comes to India and creates the next unicorn in India or becomes the next CEO of Infosys,” he said.
And with that, the backlash began.
A brigade of pro-government Indian Twitterati is coming out all guns blazing against Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
His statement stirred up pro-CAA Twitter users who argued that Nadella’s statement alludes to legal immigrants, who are still welcome. It’s “illegal immigrants” that the government is battling in its new policy, which came into effect on Jan. 10, they say.
The CAA is a controversial piece of legislation that fast-tracks the citizenship applications of undocumented immigrants from neighboring countries—provided they are not Muslims. It took effect on Jan. 10 and is part of a larger government campaign to marginalize the more than 200 million Muslims living in the Hindu-majority country.