KL Dubey wrote:
KLNMurthy wrote:There is no need for those of us on BRF to also become hysterical and brand him (and other Indian-American CEOs) as Uncle Toms, traitors, blah blah blah.
Agree with most of your post, but I don't think anyone here is "hysterical".
I actually think it is important to be extra-critical of Indian-Americans who make anti-India statements or give India a poor reputation by their buffoonery or otherwise. If Jayapal, Harris, and other anti-CAA fruitcakes were roundly criticized, so should Nadella for essentially insulting India's golden reputation as a welcoming haven for persecuted immigrants from time immemoria
l...why the damn double standard.
This way, those Indian-Americans who still need to maintain a good reputation/public opinion in India will get the message that they need to work at it. We are not going to be fawning over these fellows just because they were born in India or have Indian ancestry.
Maybe I should have said "unnecessarily and thoughtlessly negative and harsh" instead of "hysterical."
As i said, we live in challenging times. We can choose to be on a hair-trigger, going off at every utterance by a public personality that doesn't fit exactly into our idealized viewpoint, or we can decide to conserve our energy to fight sensibly with an endgame in mind.
We already have seen the followup statement by Nadella that was released by Microsoft. As I said, it is an empty platitude and there is nothing there to take offense at. OpIndia published a transcript of the verbal statement that Nadella made in an interview. https://www.opindia.com/2020/01/satya-n ... ification/
Q: There’s been a lot of pressure on companies like yours around healing with governments, I wonder if you had a view on the citizenship act in India and broadly if you have concerns about working with that government in terms of how they’re using data?
A: To me, in fact I obviously grew up in India and I’m very proud of where I get my heritage, culturally in that place, and I grew up in a city, I always felt it was a great place to grow up, we celebrated [united], we celebrated Christmas, Diwali, all three festivals that are big for us. I think what is happening is sad, primarily as sort of someone who grew up there. I feel, and in fact quite frankly, now being informed shaped by the two amazing American things that I’ve observed which is both, it’s technology reaching me where I was growing up and its immigration policy and even a story like mine being possible in a country like this,
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, 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.
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.
That’s where I hope these liberal values that we’ve kind of come to– It’s capitalism, quite frankly, has only thrived because of market forces and liberal values, both acting and I hope India figures it out, the good news at least as I see it is it’s a messy democracy and people are debating it, it’s not something that is hidden, it’s something that is being debated actively but I’m definitely clear on what we stand for and what I stand for.
Anyone can read Nadella's words and decide whether the kind of over-the-top knee-jerk abuse that people here have thrown at him is warranted or not.