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America under Trump needs to rethink what it will lose if it Curbs Indian immigrants

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Sundar Pichai, Indian American (CEO) of Google Inc. (Representational image). Wikimedia

December 13, 2016: The number of Indians immigrating to America during the early 20th century was just a few hundred people. For xenophobes, that was obviously unbearable and in 1910, a government commission concluded that Indians were “the most undesirable of all Asiatics”.

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Today, probably the most successful minority group in the country is the Indian-born Americans as compared to other big foreign-born groups. They are comparatively successful, richer and very well educated. The first major study of how this whole transformation happened is well analysed in “The Other One Percent”.

India’s diaspora is vast and is spread across the world. After Britain abolished slavery, in the colonial times, many moved as laborers in order to build the east African railway. And after 1990, many moved to America when America’s immigration rules were relaxed.

According to The Economist, today, “half of all motels are owned by Indians, mainly Gujaratis. Whereas, Punjabis dominate the franchises for 7-Eleven stores and Subway sandwiches in Los Angeles.”

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In the tech industry, a quarter or more of the Indian-born workforce is employed. Not just that the tech start-ups mostly have Indian founders but also in the big firms Indians have made a place for themselves. Satya Nadella, the Microsoft’s boss, was born in Hyderabad, India. Also, Sundar Pichai, who runs Google is from Tamil Nadu.

The “The Other One Percent” however avoid explaining Indians’ success in America through their particular culture. Instead, it argues how “Indians cannot walk across a border to America due to different reasons like caste, class and only those who all have above average financial condition can afford to move to America.

It doesn’t even highlight how the gilded corner of the diaspora influences India.

According to The Economist, “The American-educated children of India’s governing elite probably helped push India to open up its economy in 1991. The tens of billions of dollars of income earned in America by India’s big technology firms is crucial for its balance of payments. And a new generation of entrepreneurs who have led a boom in e-commerce in India in the last five years is almost all American educated, or have worked for American technology firms.”

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If Donald Trump clamps down on immigration in America, the mutually beneficial will surely slow down.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Vows to Act Tough on Harassment

This is not the first time Microsoft faced scrutiny for sexual harassment claims

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Microsoft doesn't use customers' data for profit: Satya Nadella. (Wikimedia Commons)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said the company is making sweeping changes in its HR practices to address complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination at the workplace.

In a letter to the employees obtained by Quartz, Nadella on Monday said the tech giant would create a new “Employee Advocacy Team”.

The letter came in the wake of an email chain full of sexual harassment claims by women employees.

Started on March 20, the email chain contains allegations of sexual harassment ranging from sexist comments during work trips to being told to sit on a co-worker’s lap in front of a human resources leader.

“I’m disappointed to hear about any behaviour in our workplace that falls short of the diverse and inclusive culture we are striving to create. But I’m encouraged that people feel empowered to speak up and demand change. I want all of us to learn and act on this feedback,” Nadella wrote.

According to an account of one female Microsoft employee in the email chain, an employee of a partner company threatened to kill her if she did not perform implied sexual acts.

The employee said she had raised an alarm, but HR and the management did nothing to assuage her concerns.

Another employee alleged that while she was working as a “Microsoft Partner” – a senior level person in the organisation – she was asked to sit on a co-worker’s lap.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company’s annual conference for software developers. VOA

“As a Microsoft Partner, was asked to sit on someone’s lap twice in one meeting in front of HR and other executives,” she wrote, adding that no one objected to the demand.

Nadella said the company would provide additional support and more information for employees who raise complaints about employee behaviour.

“HR is also creating a new Employee Advocacy Team that will focus exclusively on assisting employees going through a workplace investigation, including helping employees understand the process, guiding them through investigations and following up after investigations are finished to check in on the employees involved,a the Microsoft CEO informed.

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Microsoft would develop new company-wide disciplinary guidelines for work-related misbehaviour.

“When an investigation is finished, we will provide to a manager both a factual conclusion about the findings and the range of expected discipline,” Nadella said.

This is not the first time Microsoft faced scrutiny for sexual harassment claims.

According to a class action lawsuit filed in March 2018, the software giant did not take seriously 238 cases of sexual harassment or discrimination between 2010 and 2016. (IANS)