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NEW DELHI : Voicing concern against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has stressed that immigrants can benefit the Indian economy and the society by creating startups or leading companies like Infosys. Speaking to editors at a Microsoft event in Manhattan, Nadella told BuzzFeed News editor Ben Smith that "what is happening is sad". CAA, which came into force from January 10, has led to massive protests across India since the Act was passed by the Parliament last month.

3 things which Satya Nadella said on CAA and immigrants:

1) According to a BuzzFeed report, Satya Nadella said he would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant create the next unicorn in India or even become 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," Satya Nadella, who hails from Hyderabad, was quoted as saying in the report.

2) "I'm not saying that any country doesn't and should not care about its own national security, borders do exist and they're real and people will think about it, I mean after all immigration is an issue in this country, it's an issue in Europe and it's an issue in India, but the approach that one takes to deal with what is immigration, who are immigrants and minority groups, that sensibility," he said. Capitalism has thrived because of market forces and liberal values, both acting and I hope India figures it out, Nadella said.

3) Microsoft's official statement quoting Nadella summarises his statement. "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 find a prosperous start-up or lead a multinational corporation benefitting Indian society and the economy at large," the Microsoft CEO said.

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