Energy at the Grassroots: The Business Resource Groups are making a difference!


Energy at the Grassroots: The Business Resource Groups are making a difference!
by Anjali Reddy, Director, Internal Communications
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the U.S. because of two important events: the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the U.S. America on May 7, 1843 and the transcontinental railroad, built by many Chinese laborers, was completed on May 10, 1869.
At a celebration on May 8in Lake Forest, Grainger’s Asian Pacific Islander (API) BRG highlighted the API culture and heard from senior leaders, including Mike Pulick, SVP and President, Grainger International; Laura Brown, SVP, Communications and Investor Relations and Executive Sponsor of the API BRG; and Joseph High, SVP and Chief People Officer. Doe Kittay, Vice President, Customer Service and President, API BRG, hosted the event and highlighted the BRG’s mission and wins. The event was webcast to team members across the US and Acklands-Grainger (AGI).
“It was great to see the importance our leaders place on inclusion and what it means for us as a global company,” said Jigisha Bhatt, Program Manager, GIS Brand, Inventory Management.
“All the BRGs provide team members with leadership opportunities and help foster professional growth and multi-cultural understanding,” said Jaqui Robertson, Senior Director, Inclusion and Diversity. “While they were launched in the U.S., we are committed to understanding what makes sense for international teams as well.”
The BRG’s have certainly been active and many efforts are focused on team member development.
The Generational BRG (GBRG) recently hosted an Individual Development Planning (IDP) workshop. “The company is increasingly focused on Talent Excellence and having an IDP can help drive professional and personal growth,” says Al Johnson, Inventory Management Brand Strategy Manager and President, GBRG. “While IDP conversations are taking place between managers and their teams, the BRGs offer another venue for learning about them with peers.” The GBRG is targeting 500 participants this year.

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Owaisi – the blue eyed monster of India


This article is produced here from a Blogger friend Agniveer as written.

Owaisi – the blue eyed monster of India
Jan 08, 2013 03:44 pm | Agniveer Agni
They say that the custom of worshipping Satan is as old as worship of God. Most religious scriptures state that the clout of Evil is never to be underestimated. In fact most mythologies or prophecies from all religions have the same pattern – There was (will be) a powerful Evil. Call it Satan, Rakshas, Antichrist, Goliath or Dajjal. He was (will be) very powerful and made (make) lives of people hell. Yet he would have a great fan following and no one would dare stand in front of him. Everyone would try to appease him so as to not face his wrath. Fear is the Key! This would continue for decades and centuries. Finally, the superhero – an avatar, or Holy Spirit, or Prophet, or Imam or a divinely inspired soul comes that destroys the Evil. Ironically, the entry of the superhero is always too late to be of any help for those innumerable ones who already got trampled by the Evil in the previous decades or centuries.

Same seems to be the case with India. We seem to be perennially waiting for the superhero for ages who would get us out of the shameless mess that surrounds us and destroys the contemporary Evil. I have heard that more than 100 generations of my forefathers were trampled in this wait and no superhero ever came. Meanwhile the Evil kept changing faces, kept spreading all around like stench coming from garbage pile in Dharavi and infecting all. It would keep creating new demons by turning each infected one into a new demon. And then it becomes difficult to pinpoint who the real Evil is.

And since no superhero is expected to come in near future, the politicians among us appease the Evil, the diplomats put a diplomatic silence on their lips and the rest of us turn a blind eye. What more can you expect from a society that could not even help a dying rape victim on road for an hour and now is shouting protest slogans to hide the hollowness eating us! Yes I am referring to the gang-rape case of Delhi that exposed everyone – the society, the police, the politicians, the media, the celebrities, the intellectuals, the aam-aadmi – and brought us face to face with our naked shamelessness.

But that is not the focus of this article. The focus is an equally shameless act by a criminal MLA conducted in open that was meekly accepted by the spineless intelligentsia of the nation as a natural reaction to so-called Hindu fundamentalism! I am referring to the one hour speech by a small-time Hyderabad MLA with criminal background who made the most insulting remarks on nation, its majority and its police ever by any politicians. On top of that, while his thousands of supporters waved the green flags, he openly challenged the establishment to dare to take action against him.

I recall that a progeny of a “royal” family of ruling party who is considered a black sheep for 2 generations, allegedly made a vague but seemingly violent statement without naming any person or community. He was promptly arrested and put in prison. He had then said that: “If a hand rises against Hindus, he will cut that hand.”

I was impressed by the sensitivity and alertness of my nation’s establishment and media, that took no chances in punishing him and sending a message that even vague indirect references to violence of any sort are not permitted in this secular sensitive nation.

And here is Akbaruddin Owaisi – the erstwhile alliance partner of the ruling party – who openly called police and security forces eunuch. And aggressively threatens, “If these eunuch be removed for 15 minutes, 25 crore Muslims would wipe off 100 crore Hindus.” He did not stop at that. He abused Hindu Gods and Goddesses and abused India. And then gave his blanket assurance to all his hooligans to protect them when they take law in their hands. The uneducated MLA who does not know difference between cow and antelope (Neel gai), appealed to all Muslims to kill cows defying law because that is sacred to Hindus.

And after that rousing speech in front of a crowd of thousands of fanatics, he went out to London in a royal fashion. Until a local citizen dared to file a case against him, the government, the police, the politicians, the media – no one found a reason to take this insult of nation and its majority by a sitting MLA as an issue of treason or inciting communal harmony. A few tweets did express some meek dissatisfaction and a few channels did cover the report as a regular duty. Almost all blamed “Hindu fundamentalists” for this!

I wonder why no one thought of blaming “Islamic fundamentalism” for Varun Gandhi’s speech in same league?

And when he returned back to India after his royal visit, he refused to surrender despite non-bailable charges. And no one could dare to force him into arrest. He growled, “I need 4 days to think over the arrest issue.” And the establishment said, “Your wish is our command!”

The only reason I can attribute to this all-permeating impotency is that perhaps Akbaruddin Owaisi is the new face of the demon. The new blue-eyed monster of this nation. In fact by displaying this shameless cowardice, the government, the media and everyone else are proving his claims to be true – “That all of them are Naamard (impotent) and even a crore impotent can do nothing worthwhile”

He said openly, “He would ensure that world fears him.” So the politicians appease and the diplomats remain tight-lipped. Who dare face the wrath of the Evil! When Evil came in form of the murderous Akbar 500 years ago, we worshipped him. How can we make an exception for the new-age Akbar! After all who knows to what extent the terror-links of a person, who dares abuse India in front of Indians, go to. Who knows what the sources of his lavish lifestyle are! Who knows why he was shot by a rival gang of Mohammad Pehalwan! Why take risk. Let us instead blame the fictitious “Hindu fundamentalists” who are neither in any Most Wanted List of any country, nor have any organized group like Al Qaeda or Lashkar-e-Taiyeba and hence pose zero risk. After all, the statements of a few aged sentimental “so-called Hindutva” leaders, who can offer nothing more than empty rhetorics to which no one listens, can be stretched out of context and linked with a random spurt of riots that happened more than 10 years ago in Gujarat to blame everything on the non-existent “Hindu fundamentalist”!

This habit of the spineless diplomats (media, politicians, intellectuals) is most stunning to me. To link everything to Hindu fundamentalism. I just don’t understand if they don’t feel any embarrassment making such lame arguments. The point is simple – if some so-called Hindu fundamentalist terrorises or kills or loots or incites people for violence, by all means, please arrest him. It was exactly on this logic that Varun Gandhi was arrested, Sadhvi Pragya was arrested. I do not know how solid the evidence were. But no media house or secular party tried to defend them citing their alleged deeds to be a reaction to “Islamic fundamentalism”.

But in case a Modi wins peaceful elections in Gujarat, blame it on “Hindu fundamentalism”. If Hindu passengers are burnt in a train, blame it on their “Hindu fundamentalism”. If Owaisi abuses Hindus and Hindustan, blame it on “Hindu fundamentalism”! I can explain this by nothing except what Owaisi said in his inflammatory speech: “Fear is the key”!

The Delhi rape incident made me ashamed to core for being an Indian. And this silent surrender to open terrorism and insult of country by a government representative takes my shame to an all new level. It brings even more shock when I heard that a rising leader of an emerging political party that made fight against corruption its main plank, telephoned a TV Channel to persuade it against showing a program against this speech of Owaisi. No leader of any secular party came forward to condemn it without linking to so-called Hindu fundamentalism. No one took to streets to demand arrest of this elected terrorist. No one threatened the withdraw support from government for shielding a hate-monger despite non-bailable arrest warrant. No one dared to say that death threat to majority of the country and insult of motherland are at least as serious issues as that of financial corruption. No spiritual guru questioned this abuse of Hindu Gods and Goddesses as well as Hindustan by a government representative.

And the greatest victims of misdeeds of these evils who sometimes come as Zakir Naik, sometimes as Osama and sometimes as Akbaruddin Owaisi are the common Muslims. By pretending to represent all Muslims, they bring bad name to all of them. Such speeches bring every Muslim under scanner. Radical Islam has tortured Muslims more than anyone else. And somehow the evil of radical Islam refuses to die. Rarely is any powerful voice heard and highlighted from Muslim community that condemns this terrorism. If a voice gets strong, it is silenced by the same cartel of terrorists. Many in the clergy give silent support to these terror-mongers. Thus a Zakir or an Owaisi are able to brainwash the upcoming youth among Muslims. They are told that all their sufferings are due to injustice meted out by Hindus. They are taught that Hindus killed them, looted them, discriminated against them, raped them and that is why Muslims are the least progressive society.

Very smartly, they would refuse to also highlight that 10000 times more Muslims are killed in Muslim nations or by Muslims than that ever in any unfortunate Hindu-Muslim riot. There are no Hindus in Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Algeria, Sudan, Somalia to dominate Muslims. But still mosques are bombed, innocents are killed, rape incidents are highest. The culprits are so-called Muslims themselves. Actually the very same gang of radical Muslims.

They would not tell these gullible youths that Arabs don’t even consider Muslims of sub-continent as better than slaves and discrimination is official. For them Muslim is only one who is an Arab. And hence sects like Sufis, Shias and Ahmadiyas are worse than Kafirs for them. And outside this Arab, Muslims of all sects (including Shias, Ahmadiyas and Sufis) are safest and most respectfully treated in India compared to any other Muslim nation of the world. In Pakistan, all who apply for passport have to declare that they hate Ahmadiya muslims.

Hindus in general are a peaceful tolerant community and this blend with Hindus has given a unique progressive outlook to Indian Islam. Whatever problems exist in Muslim society today are due to radicalization and hatred being imported by dogmatic and selfish leaders from Wahabi mindset of Arab that did not even spare the grave of Prophet from destruction.

They would also refuse to highlight that there was never a Hindu President in Pakistan or Bangladesh. But India proudly had Abdul Kalam as its President. In fact they would refuse to even refer to Muslim heroes like Abdul Kalam, Abdul Hamid, Ashfaqullah Khan because they represented anti-thesis of radical Islam.

They would also not explain why, if Hindus discriminate against Muslims, then why Bollywood had a slew of Muslim superstars since inception of talkies – Dilip Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Salman Khan, Mohd Rafi, Naushad, Rehman etc etc.

They do not explain to them that in reality Muslims are NOT a minority in India. With more than 17% of population (an underestimation), they are actually at par with any majority group and hence cannot blame their plight on Hindus or Christians.

They would not explain that the cause of miseries of Muslims in India are these backward-looking radical Muslims and Mullahs who refuse modern education, instil threat of fatwas, discourage birth-control, issue fatwas insulting Muslim women and restricting their freedom and education, discourage free mixing with Hindus and imbibing the historical culture of the nation.

They just serve their selfish political and dogmatic agenda by poisoning minds of young Muslims and keeping un-poisoned minds under fear of threat. And hence the politics of vote-bank emerges. The reach of the Evil is now far and wide. He has both carrot and stick.

Muslims suffer, Hindus suffer, Hindustan suffers. The aam-aadmi turns a blind eye like in case of Damini dying on street. After all we excel only in writing obituaries, not success stories.

The media finds ways for protecting its commercial and professional interests. The politicians manage a balancing act between carrot of vote-bank and stick of fear. Sentimental orators and writers serving cause of ‘Hindutva’ would write reactionary rhetorics targeting entire communities that no one reads or takes seriously, except the media that would use it as a point to blame “Hindu fundamentalism” again! And some fools would see this writeup of Agniveer and start abusing religions.

One group would consider this writeup as justification for abusing Islam. Others would see it as conspiracy to demean Islam. Both will fight and the Evil will eventually win! The likes of Owaisi would get even more votes. We would nurture yet another monster. And continue our wait for the superhero who never ever came and would never ever come.

No one would step ahead to be the superhero himself. No one would think logically and honestly that hatred has to be destroyed from within and outside to be a superhero. No one would admit their own responsibilities in making things better. In having the grand-heartedness to love all humans as their own family members regardless of religion and birth. In having the courage to stand up against Evil attempting to abuse my mother. In having the vision to work for solutions that bring results and work at roots rather than show frustration which only make things worse.

Sounds depressing! Huh!

Come on friends, if this depression is not to turn true, lets get a bit more sensible. A bit more tolerant of each other and a bit more intolerant of the nonsense around. A bit more brave to fight the haters of motherland and a bit more proactive to cut the poison tree from root. A bit more visionary of the glorious future where all of us live in harmony as one family and a bit more realistic about the solutions we implement to achieve that vision. A bit more forgiving of the defects of others and much more critical of our own deeds.

The way we all united to demand death sentence for the rapists irrespective of whether they were Muhammad Afroz or Pawan Gupta, we must also unite to demand resignation of hate-mongers like Akbaruddin Owaisi. We must unite to have his party derecognized and he be sent to jail for treason and death threats to majority.

Enough of fear and apathy. Enough of seeing such incidents in saffron or green color. Let us realize that such monsters are the cause of whatever ignominy Muslims face and whatever terror attacks rest of the world faces. Let us realize that hate-mongers belong to no religion. And hence we must refuse to link such deeds of hate-mongers with any other event or person. We must also refuse to turn a blind eye to such misdirected chutzpah. Because these hate-driven designs give birth to graver crimes that shock the nation and its conscience. Lets thus destroy the root.

We don’t know how much of what Agniveer says will make sense to aam-aadmi (ordinary citizen) and make him rise to perform his special duties. Given the current spate of affairs, we seriously expect nothing from an impulsive, short-sighted, volatile society that we are becoming. But nonetheless, Agniveer stays unflinching in its path to salvation which passes through service of motherland, commitment to truth and tolerance, and constant visionary responsible result-oriented actions towards destruction of evil and nurture of virtuous.

We promise that till our last breath we shall work towards destroying the very roots of hatred that breed monsters like Zakir and Owaisi. We shall constantly strive to work towards a world where all live like one single family irrespective of region, religion, caste etc. In fact the only religion we believe in is religion of universal humanism.

How much we achieve and how quickly we achieve would depend on many things including how many of you commit to become Agniveer yourself. But nonetheless the mission shall continue till we live. And when we cease to live among you all tomorrow, we hope these words of Agniveer would still live and continue to ignite new Agniveers.

Journey is long, the night is dark.

But I can light a lamp, and I can walk.

Islamic Jihad returns to India


Islamic Jihad returns to India
2012, Sept. 8th.
Source: Hindu voice.

In my last editorial I mentioned, ‘what about Indian Muslims who, at the drop of a hat, come on the streets shouting ‘Islam is in danger’?’.

The editorial also mentioned how genuinely enlightened Muslims from Arab countries such as Bahrain, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey and United Arab Emirates are travelling to Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, India to sing and worship in an Ashram and to share in the peace, tolerance and happiness in the Samadhi [Ed. “higher consciousness] of Satya Sai Baba [Ed. An Indian guru, spiritual figure, mystic, philanthropist and educator], none of which is available in Islam.

To prove me right, Muslims in Mumbai came on the street (in Azad Maidan) on 11th August 2012 by way of a ‘peaceful rally’ in support of Muslims being allegedly attacked in our own Assam and also in another country, Myanmar.

As provocative speeches were in progress, a section of the crowd became “incited” and rioted.
Rioting Muslims molested lady police staff, snatched away weapons from policemen, burnt many vehicles, attacked and injured 45 policemen and set on fire a police van and a few OB vans.

Many cameras of Press persons were snatched and smashed. Many reporters were thrashed. The mob unsuccessfully tried to throw a senior reporter of a daily into a burning vehicle. Many shops in the sub-way were set on fire.

Even female office workers were not spared molestation.

The rioting mob did not spare even the ‘Amar Jawan’ Stambh [Ed. Memorial to Indian Soldiers fallen in battle] in front of the main office of Mumbai Municipal Corporation. It is a memorial for those who sacrificed their life in the freedom battles. Rioting Muslims completely demolished the memorial.

Can you imagine a ‘peaceful’ rioter vandalising the memorial for our Jawans? [Ed. Lit. “young men”, here referring to (young) soldiers.]

Even if there is an iota of nationalism in him he could not have touched it. Far from revering the memorial for our Jawans, these Muslim rioters had the gall to destroy it.

If they are not Jihadis, what are they?

It is reported that Muslims from Kurla (a suburb of Mumbai) boarded trains for CST armed with lathis, iron rods, swords and petrol. They alighted at CST, a distance of about 18 Kms, and indulged in these heinous acts of violence. Inspite of prior information, the police did not stop them on the way.

Were the police prevented from doing so, by the Congress govt.?

If Hindus or any Hindu organisation had created such a riot (which is unimaginable), the Congress Govt. would have riddled their bodies with bullets.

Leaders of all ‘secular’ parties would have pounced on the organisation demanding its ban.

The Govt. would have shown it as a proof of ‘Saffron Terror’.

Will they term the 11 August riots in Mumbai by Muslims as ‘Green Terror’?

They wouldn’t, because it is against their secular Dharma. And Vote bank dirty Politics.

The Mumbai riots by Muslims was the outcome of the over-appeasement of minorities and also the Congress policy of ‘Muslims should not be hurt’.

The Raza Academy which called for this ‘peaceful’ protest did not utter a single word when nearly four hundred thousand Hindus were driven out of Kashmir by Jihadis.

The persecution of Hindus in Pakistan and Bangladesh does not register with them. Sunni Muslims wantonly killing Shia Muslims in Pakistan and Iraq does not bother them.

They close their eyes when the Taliban behead innocent Muslims in Afghanistan.

Now their hearts bleed for Myanmar Muslims who have been refused asylum even by Bangladesh, a Muslim country.

In the month of August 2012, we saw two agitations – one being held by Baba Ramdev in Delhi, against corruption and black money and the present one under discussion being held by Raza Academy.

In the former, we could see patriotic fervour. Their protest was only against the misrule of the UPA Govt.

Every one was carrying a national flag. The protesters were peaceful and orderly. No public property was damaged.

In the latter, we could see only anti-patriotism. No one carried the national flag. On the contrary, photographs show that there was at least one Pakistani flag.

This demonstration took place in the month of Ramzan, when Muslims were supposed to observe restraint.

But while Ministers and Political Leaders were enjoying “Iftar” parties [Ed. Daily sunset parties at which Muslims celebrate being able to eat again], Muslims assembled at Azad Maidan for a ‘peaceful’ demonstration, started a riot profaning the “sanctity” of the month.

What has happened in Assam is a fight for the survival of the indiginous Hindus.

Muslims in Assam and Bangladeshi infiltrators have joined hands to eliminate local Bodos, who are Hindus.

It is idiocy to describe it as an “ethnic clash” or a “clash between nationalists and anti-nationalists”.

It is Islamic jihad.

Muslims – whether from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh – consider themselves as one Community. Islam does not recognise national boundaries.

It does not believe in nationalism.

Islam wants to establish its rule over the entire world.

Muslims are acting according to this Islamic dictum.

What has happened in Assam was waiting to happen. In fact, this may be repeated in many parts of India as illegal Bangladeshi Muslims have settled all over India, with the help of local Muslim organisations. Otherwise, how do one explain the fact that many families of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have reached Delhi, Hyderabad, etc.?

Are they not infiltrators? Illegal Alien?

Who is giving them asylum?

And how are they being sustained?

Compare this with how the Govt. treats Hindus from Pakistan who refuse to go back in fear of their lives.

Looking at what has happened in Assam and the support given by Muslims in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Lucknow, Ranchi, Bareilly, Sirohi, etc. one can certainly be sure that Jihad has arrived in India.

This has been seen in various parts of the world at various times in history.

This is primarily the consequence of a mixture of Islamic theology and its history.
Unless we have genuine and uncompromising political and military will (which the UPA Govt. does not), this Jihad is likely to be replicated in other parts of India too in the near future.

Posted by FFI Editor

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