Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella To Visit India This Month
Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., gestures as he speaks during the Microsoft Decoded conference (Photographer: Amit Madheshiya/Bloomberg)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella To Visit India This Month


Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella will visit India later this month, the company said on Thursday.

While the company confirmed the visit of the top executive, it did not give details about the dates and cities he is likely to visit.

"Yes, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, will be visiting India later this month to address customers, young achievers, students, developers and entrepreneurs," Microsoft said in response to an e-mailed query.

According to sources, Nadella will be on a visit to India from Feb. 24-26. He is likely to visit Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru, and meet industry leaders and government functionaries during his visit, they said.

The visit comes on the heels of the Indian-origin CEO recently voicing concerns over the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act - Nadella had last month said what is happening is "sad" and he would love to see a Bangladeshi immigrant create the next unicorn in India. His remarks had raised a furore in the political circles.

"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," Nadella had said in a statement issued by Microsoft on Jan. 14.

India is a major market for Microsoft - the tech titan has a significant presence in cities like Bengaluru and Hyderabad. It is pertinent to mention that U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit India on Feb. 24 and 25.

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Nadella's visit comes at a time when the Indian government is taking a strong position on issues like data localisation and tightening the rules for e-commerce companies as well as social media platforms. India has so far resolutely stood its ground on these issues, refusing to bow to the pressure from U.S. companies.

The Personal Data Protection Bill - which outlines norms for handling of personal data including processing by public and private entities - was introduced in the Lok Sabha in December 2019 and has been referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee.

The proposed legislation mandates processing of 'critical' personal data only in India. What constitutes critical data is to be notified by the Centre, it says.

It has also proposed that sensitive personal data— financial data, health data, sexual orientation, biometric or genetic data, transgender status, religious or political belief/affiliation— can be transferred outside India with explicit consent, but will continue to be stored in India.

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