Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
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New Delhi: Countries that fail to attract immigrants risk losing out as the global technology industry continues to grow, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said in an interview to Bloomberg, days after he criticised the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). 

“Every country is rethinking what is in their national interest” but governments should “maintain that modicum of enlightenment and not think about it very narrowly”, Nadella said in an interview to Bloomberg on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos.

“People will only come when people know you’re an immigrant-friendly country,” he added.

However, Nadella went on to add that he continues to be an “India optimist” owing to its “70-year history of nation-building”.


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‘An immigrant’s unicorn’ 

The Indian-origin tech titan’s fresh comments come just a week after he criticised the controversial CAA in another interview, saying 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”.

“Every country will and should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly. And in democracies, that is something that the people and their governments will debate and define within those bounds,” he said during an interaction with editors at a Microsoft event in the US.

“I’m shaped by my Indian heritage, growing up in a multicultural India and my immigrant experience in the United States. My hope is for an India where an immigrant can aspire to found a prosperous start-up or lead a multinational corporation benefitting Indian society and the economy at large,” he added.

Notified in January, the CAA seeks to ease the path to Indian citizenship for six non-Muslim minorities from Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The law has been widely criticised as biased for its bid to introduce a religious grounds for Indian citizenship. 


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  1. American immigration is both in the low and high wage levels. As a result, the local middle class is squeezed in to mid wage levels. They are unable to work at the lower wage levels and appear to be mostly unqualified at high wage level. So, the problem is their own but the scapegoat is the immigration in general. In India, in contrast, the problem is at the lower wage level where the job demand is already too low. In America, education is needed for high wage jobs and in India education is needed for mid level jobs, forget the availability of jobs at thigh wages.

  2. ThePrint has attempted conningly to associate Nadella’s recent statement on attracting immigrants with CAA which is certainly not a law for attracting immigrants. It looks ThePrint is trying to link any thing if a word or two somehow associate with foreigners entering India whether by legal or illegal means. Similarly ThePrint has repeated lies by equating foreign Muslims with Indian Muslims ie citizenship denied to foreign Muslims is citizenship denied to Indian Muslims. ThePrint’s irrationality and crookedness is visible to its readers.

  3. Look like all the desi guys are of the same variety- Raghuram Rajan, Viral Acharya, Urjit Patel and now Satya Nadella. They talk gratuitously on areas which are not their businesses and they talk out of context! CAA is for giving citizenship on a fast track basis to a certain section of persons who have come to India up to a specific date; India was and is still open for legal immigration for anyone including Bangala Deshis and even Pakistanis. NRC is just identification and enumeration of citizens and no way it is anti immigrant. Any one who is illegal immigrant has to be identified and treated accordingly,. Hopefully, Satya does not want such an illegal immigrant to become head of Infosys ! So what is Satya talking about, if at all he is referring to CAA or NRC?

    • Absolutely right Sir. These confused desis belong to nowhere. When it suits, they evoke Indian roots. Very selfish and crooked think tank that they are. Let him purchase a house if he can in Shaheen Bagh New Delhi and profess or go to Mynmar and preach.
      Such selfish fellows are doing disservice to India. Let him open an office in Kashmir and survive after appointing talented Hindus.
      I should say shut up Nadella

  4. You guys at The Print have really gone insane. Satya Nadela was talking about “immigrants” & not “infiltrators”. Immigrants are those who have come to India legally by completing all the due process, whereas infiltrators are those who came to India by just jumping the fence between India & their country. Don’t promote your propaganda to such an extent that your founder Shekhar Gupta starts getting thrashed in public just like India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai.

    • Absolutely right Sir. These confused desis belong to nowhere. When it suits, they evoke Indian roots. Very selfish and crooked think tank that they are. Let him purchase a house if he can in Shaheen Bagh New Delhi and profess or go to Mynmar and preach.
      Such selfish fellows are doing disservice to India. Let him open an office in Kashmir and survive after appointing talented Hindus.
      I should say shut up Nadella

  5. What is most surprising with many Indian immigrants in the US is that they support Modi and NRC. Which is ironical because if Trump implements an anti immigration bill in the US, Indians will not be able to work or live in the US.

    In fact Trump should do it, so that these people learn the hard way that the world has developed so much that borders have to be opened and you cannot be insular anymore.

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