'Literate Need to Be Educated': BJP Reacts to Satya Nadella's CAA Comments

BJP spokespersons Meenakshi Lekhi and Sambit Patra have, in their own way, criticised the Microsoft CEO's initial take.

New Delhi: Following the row that broke out after Satya Nadella voiced concern over the fallout of the amended citizenship law in India, the BJP on Tuesday said the Centre was protecting borders and framing immigration policy as the Microsoft CEO had said in his official statement.

While BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra did not attack the Indian-origin CEO at the party’s press briefing here, another party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi made an unequivocal jibe at Nadella in a tweet saying his comments showed “how the literate need to be educated”.

To a question about the CAA, Nadella, CEO of one of the world’s five biggest multinational technology firms, was quoted by Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief as saying that what is happening in India is “sad”.

The CEO later issued another statement, saying every country should define its borders, protect national security and set immigration policy accordingly.

Also read: What’s Happening is Sad, Says Microsoft’s Satya Nadella on Citizenship Amendment Act

He also spoke about his upbringing in a multicultural India and subsequent immigrant experience in the United States to say that his hope for India is where an immigrant can aspire to found a prosperous start-up or lead a multinational corporation.

Asked about the controversy following Nadella’s remarks, Patra while referring to the Hyderabad-born CEO’s statement noted that he had given a “clarification”.

“That is what the government of this country has done. We are looking after national security and protecting borders.

“As far as immigrants are concerned, there is a process for citizenship. Anybody can apply for citizenship. Even the prime minister has said so. Once they apply for work permit, for citizenship, many have become citizens. Of course anybody can then do whatever the Constitution has bestowed on them (sic),” Patra said.

In her tweet, Lekhi was, however, critical of Nadella.

“Precise reason for CAA is to grant opportunities to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan & Afghanistan. How about granting these opportunities to Syrian Muslims instead of Yezidis in USA?” she went on to say.