After Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai vouches for Muslims

New York, Dec 12 (IANS) After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai has come out in support of Muslims, saying that we must support Muslim and other minority communities in the US and around the world.

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Responding to a recent wave of prejudice against Muslims – especially in the wake of US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump asking for a ban on Muslims entering the US — the Indian-born top Google executive reiterated his own experience and said let us not let fear defeat our values.

“I came to the US from India 22 years ago. I was fortunate enough to gain entry to a university here, and time after time, I saw that hard work opened other doors. I have built a career and a family and a life here. And I’ve felt as much a part of this country, as I felt growing up in India,” he posted on the social message platform Medium on Saturday.

“My experience is obviously not unique. It’s been said a million times that America is the “land of opportunity” – for millions of immigrants, it’s not an abstract notion, but a concrete description of what we find here. America provided access to opportunities that simply didn’t exist for many of us before we arrived,” he added.

“That is why it’s so disheartening to see the intolerant discourse playing out in the news these days”, he further said, adding that “statements that our country would be a better place without the voices, ideas and the contributions of certain groups of people, based solely on where they come from, or their religion”.

According to Pichai, open-mindedness, tolerance and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country’s greatest strengths and most defining characteristics.

“And that is no coincidence – America, after all, was and is a country of immigrants,” he posted.

Earlier this week, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg said that his company would “fight to protect” the rights of Muslims, and work to “create a peaceful and safe environment”.

In a post, the Facebook founder wrote: “I want to add my voice in support of Muslims in our community and around the world”.

“After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others,” he added.

Zuckerberg, who was blessed with a girl recently, urged the world not to “succumb to cynicism”.

Pichai supported his views: “I firmly believe that whether you’re building a company or leading a country, a diverse mix of voices and backgrounds and experiences leads to better discussions, better decisions, and better outcomes for everyone”.

“I debated whether to post this, because lately it seems that criticism of intolerance just gives more oxygen to this debate. But I feel we must speak out – particularly those of us who are not under attack. Everyone has the right to their views, but it’s also important that those who are less represented know that those are not the views of all,” Pichai explained.

Trump, the Republican front-runner for the November 2016 presidential election, has proposed banning Muslims from entering the US.

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  1. It is very urgent that in every village-Taluk and city of India, the peace loving people of all religions must hold hands and march together to live in peace.

    Recently I read a very strongly worded editorial in the leading Indian Magazine in the U.S.
    KHABHAR, December 2015 by the editor in Chief Mr. Parthiv N. Parekh.
    “ISIS, the American Right, and Hindutva.

    “If the Hindu extremists are taking the comfort in the fact that they are neither bomb nor gun down innocent people, may they be reminded that violence is not only of the physical kind. The violence of flexing the muscle, bullying a minority,
    mob mentality, lynching, denying equal nationality to minorities, treating and fracturing the nation along communal lines, may not compare the soulless vulgarity of wholesale gunning down or bombing of civilians-but that doesn’t make it pure and innocent either. After all, these are the actions that can eventually disintegrate into civil wars and even n genocides”.

    How a totally reckless and cold-hearted Donald Trump has created volcanic terror through his totally savage statement?
    The BJP is protecting the Governor of Assam for his identical statement of Donald Trump that the Muslims mut leave for
    Pakistan. And the CM of Haryana is telling that to live in India, don’t eat beef.

    • A. S. Mathew – “The BJP is protecting the Governor of Assam for his identical statement of Donald Trump that the Muslims must leave for Pakistan. And the CM of Haryana is telling that to live in India, don’t eat beef.”

      Dear Mathew, the RSS, which is the creator and controller of BJP, is directly infuriating communal and religious hatred in India to polarize Hindus and to fabricate a Hindu vote bank. By doing so, they have caused death of million innocent people from both the minority community and majority community, since 1947 in India, which easily surpasses the death caused by the ISIS! However, they get things done and evade legal punishment. ISIS does things directly, but the RSS is getting things done by manipulating events and people and by damaging the sociopolitical fabric of India.

      THE MINORITY MUST ACT NOW, OR ELSE IT WOULD BE TOO LATE FOR ANY REDRESS. RSS TERRORISM WOULD REACH POINT OF NO RETURN!

      CONGRESS HAS THE BACKING OF A SUBSTANTIAL CHUNK OF HINDUS, THAT IS WHY IT COULD RULE INDIA FOR LONG.

      BUT, THE REGIONAL PARTIES OF DEVE GAUDA, LAALU, NITISH, MULAYAM, TRANA MOOLA CONGRESS, BIJJU JANATA DAL, DMK, ADMK, TELUGU DESHAM PARTY, NCP, KERALA CONGRESS, YSR CONGRESS, EVEN THE COMMUNIST PARTIES HAD HOBNOBBED WITH THE INDIAN ISIS, FOR POLITICAL GAINS DURING THE PAST DECADES, AND MADE Indian ISIS ACCEPTABL. ALL THESE POLITICAL GAINS BY THESE MANIPULATERS HAVE BROGHT INDIA TO THE BRINK OF A POLITICAL HOLOCAUST!

      There is a common denominator for RSS and the ISIS. Both claim their religions to be peaceful and tolerant, and yet indulge in the most cruel acts against the others! One swears by “Loka Samasta Sukhinobhavantu” and the other by “Peace and Brotherhood”.

      THEREFORE, EVERY INDIAN MUST SOLIDLY SUPPORT THE CONGRESS PARTY, OR ELSE, INDIAN ISIS WOULD AMEND OUR CONSTITUTION TO RENDER IT COMMUNAL, AND FASCIST. IT WOULD THEREFORE BE THE KNELL OF INDIAN DEMOCRACY, FOR SURE!

  2. As they say, follow the money!! The big social networking sites like google, facebook and others don’t want to alienate 1.6 billion muslims. There is no surprise that they would try their best to maintain a good relationship with everyone.

    As I have repeatedly said on this forum, the raise of far-right groups (evangelical Christians, whites OR pro-hindu groups like RSS) is entirely due to two simple factors:
    – the arrogance, disrespect and bullying by minority
    – failure of Progressive, secular, liberal groups to confront and stop the bad behavior by minorities.

    There is an anger among Christians in West and Hindus in India that they have been targeted, sidelined and blamed for everything. There is an anger among these groups that secular groups selectively target majority while pampering minorities. This anger is harnessed by far-right groups. See how far-right group came at the top in recent French elections!! This is a natural law – One can ignore this but can’t escape it!!

  3. Mark Zuckerberg is a Jew by religion, But all the peaceful people want to wipe out Jews from the face of the earth.
    Sundar Picchai is a Hindu and treated as Kafir ( non believer ) as per peaceful people!!
    These two are trying to be politically correct because of their business interests- a free marketing opportunity grabbed by both hands- in the turbulence created by Donald Trump.. who is gives a damn about political correctness.

    Although these two came out in support of of Syrian refugee influx to USA, really fascinating fact is that it is the necessity of the peaceful people who need ( ISIS, AL QAIDA, HIJB, JAISH , BOKO HARAM) GOOGLE and FACEBOOK for their propaganda!!

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