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Petitioning Lega; Officer, paypal Melody Fry and 6 others
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Lega; Officer, paypal
Melody Fry
Complaints
Moldenburg
President Paypal
Scott Thompson
CEO E Bay
John Donahoe
General Manager, India Paypal
Pahuja, Anupam
Head of HR, India
Vaidyanathan, Jayanthi
President payapl
Scott Thompson

Apologize for celebrating Upper Caste pride

In a company where people belonging to different castes are working,to celebrate a particular caste which is considered to be a Upper Caste, is an act of insult to all others. This act of 'PayPal' is inducing caste associated pride among young graduates and also initiates 'Modern Untouchability' in the Corporate industry.


Letter to
Lega; Officer, paypal Melody Fry
Complaints Moldenburg
President Paypal Scott Thompson
and 4 others
CEO E Bay John Donahoe
General Manager, India Paypal Pahuja, Anupam
Head of HR, India Vaidyanathan, Jayanthi
President payapl Scott Thompson
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Paypal President.



Publicly apologize for celebrating Upper Caste pride

Dear President

The software development wing of yout firm 'PayPal' is situated in Chennai's IT corridor. For the past few days, a large banner placed infront of the company's office is inviting the attraction of many.

The banner shows the information about 'Dum Dum Dum', the annual festival of 'PayPal'. The company has divided their employees into six teams, for the annual day competitions. The names given to these teams are shocking. 'Iyers of TamilNadu' , 'Bannerjies of Bengal' , ‘Patels of Gujarat' are the names of three teams. All these three are the names of upper caste in the respective states. It seems the competitions are themed so as to celebrate the pride of these castes. The event is being held from Nov 3rd- Nov 9th 2011.

Casteism , which establishes graded inequality and structural oppression, is the most dangerous evil in the Indian society. Due to the struggles and movements of various social revolutionaries, in Tamil Nadu, there is a reluctance to show one's caste identity in public space and the psyche is against the pride associated with
caste. Such events which try to rejuvenate the pride associated with caste are acting as hurdles in our long journey to become a caste-free society.

Information Technology industry is widely believed to have largely contributed to technological developments and the growth of this country. It is also credited to have provided numerous employment opportunities,hefty salary packages, luxurious lifestyle and foreign opportunities to younger generation. But, a company from that sector, celebrating the pride associated with upper caste shows us the backward nature of the social infrastructure, and the wide prevalence of social inequalities in the IT sector.


I cannot ignore this as a mere fun event. To make it clear to our people, caste oppression in India is equivalent to or worse than the racial discrimination in America. But can they organize an even in the American office of PayPal, by naming the teams as "'whites of America' or "whites of Chicago"?

In a company where people belonging to different castes are working,to celebrate a particular caste which is considered to be a Upper Caste, is an act of insult to all others. This act of 'PayPal' is inducing caste associated pride among young graduates and also initiates 'Modern Untouchability' in the Corporate industry.


I Demand-

1) PayPal should publicly apologize for celebrating a Upper Caste pride, for insulting the people belonging to other castes, and for inducing caste associated pride among younger generation.

2) The company should remove all the caste names and identities from its event schedule immediately.

Paypal Annual Event Website: http://www.dumdumdum2011.com


Sincerely,