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"Literate Need To Be Educated": Meenakshi Lekhi Targets Satya Nadella Over CAA
After Satya Nadella, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, voiced his opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi termed his statement as the "perfect example" of how even the literate need to be educate on the central government's initiatives.
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi targeted Satya Nadella over his statement on CAA.
New Delhi: Just after a day, Satya Nadella, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, voiced his opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi termed his statement as the "perfect example" of how even the literate need to be educate on the central government's initiatives.
She tweeted by citing an frequently repeated explanation provided by the central government on the need for such a law "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."
How literate need to be educated ! Perfect example. Precise reason for CAA is to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan & Afghanistan.— Meenakashi Lekhi (@M_Lekhi) January 14, 2020
How about granting these opportunities to Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis in USA ? pic.twitter.com/eTm0EQ1O25
Ms Lekhi, in the same tweet, also wondered why the United States, where Microsoft is based cannot grant similar opportunities to "Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis".
Earlier in the decade, The Yezidis, a monotheistic population with their roots in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, were actively targeted by ISIS.
Thousands of people from the community fell victim to a genocide orchestrated by the terror group, forcing about 15% of its population to flee to other countries.
Mr Nadella told BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, "I think what is happening is sad... It's just bad.... I 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."
In a statement tweeted by Microsoft India, Mr Nadella said, "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. 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."
Mr Nadella's comment was backed by noted historian Ramachandra Guha, who wished that big names in the domestic IT industry would summon the courage to make a similar statement. He tweeted, "I am glad Satya Nadella has said what he has. I wish that one of our own IT czars had the courage and wisdom to say this first. Or to say it even now,"
I am glad Satya Nadella has said what he has. I wish that one of our own IT czars had the courage and wisdom to say this first. Or to say it even now. https://t.co/KsKbDUtMQk— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) January 13, 2020
Satya Nadella's comment comes amidst 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, those linked to the ruling BJP maintain that those protesting it are being misled by Left parties and the Congress.
In December, BJP MP Tejasvi Surya had sparked a controversy by claiming that only "illiterates and puncture-wallahs" were opposed to the Citizenship Amendment Act.
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