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13 August, Thursday

Microsoft CEO slams Indian citizenship law

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Microsoft chief Indian-born American Satya Nadella has criticized a new citizenship law passed by Indian government.

Noting that the new legislation led nationwide protests against the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"I think what is happening is sad, primarily as sort of someone who grew up there... I think it's just bad," Nadella told BuzzFeed at an event in New York.

"And even a story like mine being possible in a country like this - I think, if anything, I would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant 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 sort of mirror what happened to me in the US, I hope that’s what happens in India."

Nadella grew up in Hyderabad, a technology hub in India that is home to the biggest Microsoft research and development centre outside of the United States.

"I'm very proud of where I get my heritage, culturally in that place, and I grew up in a city, Hyderabad. I always felt it was a great place to grow up. We celebrated Eid, we celebrated Christmas, Diwali - all three festivals that are big for us," he said.

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