Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella To Visit India In February: Report

Satya Nadella is planning to be in India between February24 and February 26 and likely visit New Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai, the sources said.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella To Visit India In February: Report

Microsoft declined to comment when asked about Satya Nadella's visit


Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is planning to visit India later this month, multiple sources familiar with the plans told Reuters, a test for the Indian-born head who recently criticized Indian immigration policy.

India is a major market for Microsoft and other technology companies and Hyderabad, where Mr Nadella grew up, is home to Microsoft's biggest research and development centre outside of the United States.

Mr Nadella is planning to be in India between February 24 and February 26 and will likely visit New Delhi, tech-hub Bengaluru and financial capital Mumbai, two people familiar with the plans said.

He is also likely to meet senior Indian industry leaders during his visit, the sources said. The sources did not want to be identified because the company has yet to make a public announcement.

Microsoft declined to comment when asked about a visit. "We don't have anything to share at the moment," a company spokeswoman said.

Microsoft also is trying arrange for Mr Nadella to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of the sources added, although the meeting has yet to be confirmed. The Prime Minister's office did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr Nadella last month stoked controversy in India when he was quoted by Buzzfeed as saying a new law implemented by the Modi government that eases the path to citizenship for non-Muslims in nearby nations was "just bad".

His comments drew sharp criticism from PM Modi's ruling party. Microsoft issued a statement later quoting Mr Nadella as saying that every country has the right to protect and define its borders.

A visit by Mr Nadella would be in the midst of the government taking a tougher stance against foreign technology companies competing in the domestic market by drafting laws aimed at more tightly-controlled cross-border data flows.

The visit would also be a month after Inc CEO Jeff Bezos made a trip to the country and was snubbed by senior members of the government.

India has taken a hard stance against the US e-commerce sector, with Amazon and Walmart's Flipkart facing an antitrust probe and criticism from brick-and-mortar traders against their business practices.

When Mr Bezos visited India last month and announced a new $1 billion investment, India's trade minister brushed him off by saying Amazon was doing no "great favour" to India. PM Modi also did not meet Mr Bezos despite repeated requests by the company.

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