Microsoft’s India-born CEO Satya Nadella said he is hoping for an India where any immigrant can aspire to found a prosperous start-up.

Nadella’s remarks came after India recently passed a citizenship law, prompting a wave of protests across the South Asian nation.

“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 said in a statement issued Monday by the company’s India page on Twitter.

The CEO said he is shaped by his

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