Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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New Delhi: When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) “just bad”, while talking to editors at an event in Manhattan earlier this week, he took Twitter by storm.

Responding to a question on CAA by Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief of,  Nadella said he thought what was happening in India was “sad”, and that he 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”.

Smith later posted a tweet quoting Nadella, the Hyderabad-born CEO.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla was also in agreement with Nadella and said: “I strongly believe India should be a secular country.”

Academicians and public personalities, including Sadanand Dhume, Ramachandra Guha and Mihir Sharma, applauded Nadella for being one of the few CEOs to have taken a stand against the Narendra Modi government’s amended Citizenship Act.

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But Nadella also received criticism from BJP spokespersons and other Right-wing authors who accused him of falling into the “political trap”. BJP supporter Shefali Vaidya accused him of ignorance, while former Infosys director Mohandas Pai said the Microsoft Board should advise Nadella to keep away from “politics of others”.

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Clarification on CAA

Hours after Smith’s tweet, Nadella issued a clarification on the subject. Microsoft’s Twitter handle released his ‘official statement’ on the CAA.

Nadella’s statement maintained that “every country will and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly”.

Soon after this statement, Twitter users accused him of being confused over his stance on the amended Citizenship Act. Several BJP spokespersons, who had criticised him for his previous statement, also quickly warmed up to him.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said: “This is what the government of this country has done. We are looking after national security and protecting borders.”

Some Right-leaning authors also tweeted clarifications on the same even as a few others accused the media of “misreading” his earlier statement.

Not surprisingly, Nadella’s ‘renewed’ stance on the CAA led to a heated debate between the Left and Right-leaning users on Twitter.

According to some, Nadella’s position swayed from appreciation to disappointment within a matter of few hours. A few journalists also claimed that the Microsoft CEO got swayed by “Leftist propaganda”.

Others predicted that Nadella’s statement was misconstrued to support one’s own agenda.


Also read: Govt protecting borders, framing policy just like Satya Nadella said: BJP


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