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Satya Nadella weighed in on India’s citizenship act. The Microsoft CEO’s indirect critique of the government and its controversial new law, which grants migrants a path to citizenship unless they are Muslims, was shrewd in more ways than one, Quartz’s Annalisa Merelli writes.

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  • Nadella is a great example of how valuable immigrants can be for a country. India had taken pride in the talent it has exported, including the likes of Pichai and Nooyi. In that context, CAA just seems to much more unfair.

  • It's a widely accepted fact that immigrants contribute a disproportionate share of entrepreneurship and innovation to their new home economies. Immigrants make up 40% of US Nobel prize winners in Chemistry, Medicine and Physics. Immigrants as a group have greater risk tolerance and are more inclined

    It's a widely accepted fact that immigrants contribute a disproportionate share of entrepreneurship and innovation to their new home economies. Immigrants make up 40% of US Nobel prize winners in Chemistry, Medicine and Physics. Immigrants as a group have greater risk tolerance and are more inclined to think outside the box and embrace unconventional approaches and solutions, than non-immigrants - they need to, in order to have embraced the huge personal and logistical challenge of immigration in the first place. So Nadella has hit the nail on the head in shifting the conversation back to the pragmatic and economic calculus of immigration rather than the xenophobic communal rhetoric that ends up taking centre stage.

  • An anti-immigration idea that is often broadly adopted even by those who defend immigration is that immigrants are a burden, that they need to be helped. In reality, they are often a great opportunity—and Nadella knows well