After Microsoft Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Satya Nadella voiced opposition to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act, (CAA) BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi today termed his statement as the “perfect example” of how even the literate need to be educated on the central government’s initiatives.
“How (the) literate need to be educated! Perfect example. Precise reason for CAA is to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan,” she tweeted, citing an oft-repeated explanation provided by the central government on the need for such a law.
In the same tweet, Lekhi also wondered why the United States cannot grant similar opportunities to “Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis”.
The Yezidis, a monotheistic population with their roots in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, were actively targeted by ISIS earlier in the decade. Thousands from the community fell victim to a genocide orchestrated by the terror group, forcing about 15% of its population to flee to other countries.
Satya Nadella in an interaction with BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith at a Microsoft event on Monday said, “”I think it’s just bad. 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.”
A separate statement released by Microsoft India quoted the CEO of the tech giant as saying that he was shaped by a combination of his Indian heritage, the time spent growing up in a multicultural India and later by his “immigrant experience” in the United States.
Satya Nadella’s comment comes amid ongoing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which aims to expedite citizenship for non-Muslim migrants from three neighbouring countries. While critics claim that the law discriminates on the basis of religion specifically against Muslims and termed it unconstitutional.