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Rajiv has over 30 plus years of experience in education and technology sectors. He has lived in the United States for more than a decade as an International Student, technology worker and has been helping large companies deal in the movement of global talent. He has been a proponent of migration for over a decade and has actively moved forward the debate on the Indo-American work visa related migration policies. He is the Founder of The National Organization for Software and Technology Professionals, in 2004 and the Professional Registry Of Verified Employees (PROVE) in 2015. He has authored books – “Americanisms – a guide to the Indian BPO industry”, "American Work Permit – Official Rules & Regulations of American Work Visa" and "Green Carrot – America's Work Visa Crisis".
He is interviewed in over 600 media articles in over 70 leading publications abroad and in India. He has testified against the work visa program abuse and assisted in the knowledge transfer on issues of foreign guest workers, leading to the drafting of the 'Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007' to prevent visa misuse and document fraud in the immigration process.
His research work has been cited by other authors, publications, the UK Border Agency,as well as the US Homeland Security. His bipartisan views on employment, immigration and migration helps contribute to the governmental agencies and the political parties. He is a UN instituted KaramVeer Chakra for Social Justice awardee. He is a columnist and writes regularly for The Economic Times, Times Of India, MoneyControl.
Asia Star Broadcasting Inc(TV Asia)
AT&T,Meril Lynch, Intel Corp,Viacomm Intl (MTV Networks) and Lucent Technologies
Masters in Computer Science (MSCS)
Master in Information System
Saint Peter's University
The Karmaveer Puraskaar are National People's Awards for Citizen Social Justice and action instituted by the citizens and people of India.
These awards are (instituted with the UN and issued by iCONGO – International Confederation of NGOs), a public-private partnership in association with other partners from industry, media, government, students, SMEs and other sectors as a part of the Right every Wrong Movement. All the awardees are dubbed Noble Laureates. These awards seek to celebrate and inspire individual citizen social responsibility, justice' and action initiatives and are held every year on 26 November, the day the Indian Constitutional Pledge was signed.
As a victim of body-shopper abuse on the H-1B visa, due to the stringent and biased work visa laws of the United States, that allowed brokerage of intellectual capital, I too was affected, in the aftermath following 9/11.
Back in 2001-2002, I was a destitute Indian citizen with US degrees and a decade of work experience trapped with the H-1B visa, shunting from one visa sponsoring employer to another. Because it affected family life, I finally gave up my 12 years of stay in the United States along-with the Green Card and returned back to India to begin The National Organization for Software and Technology Professionals in 2004.
The primary objective of beginning The National Organization for Software and Technology Professionals has been an idea of forming a congregation of like-minded individuals that shared a common goal - to change the perception of working class citizens from India working in The Americas. The idea was to initiate a change, and to be heard. Not come together to fight, but to be a part of a common pool of worker class (locals as well as foreign guest-workers) and to be heard as a collective voice.
The agenda of being a collective voice was to begin with a need for change -
- to change the way foreign workers on guest worker visas are perceived by American employers...not as a commodity but as real human beings
- to stop the discrimination with respect to the Equal Employment Opportunity mandate as specified in the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of the American ConstitutionAnd;
- to stop citizens from abroad on the guest worker visas to be subjugated and beholden to their visa sponsoring employers, those that are serving an involuntary servitude
Focus on Wage discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity have therefore been the two areas of consistent debate. Two core areas, that cuts through the cultural chasm and unites the worker classes, and bridge the digital divide brought about by the stringent visa policies.
I am passionate about the process of learning and examining the globalized political and economic system that creates illegality by displacing people and then denying the guest workers (from India) their rights and equality as they have to do what they have to do in order to survive.
Facilitating the Issues Of the Knowledge Workers Rights therefore has been a constant journey since 2004. Responding to ongoing queries, helps me learn issues that hurt, which helps understand the underlying issues which I communicate to the respective agencies abroad as well as domestically.
A brief summary of my research papers, experiences, thoughts and ideas via my own books and contributions made in others.
The book is dedicated to the real life issues in the process of human migration. It discusses people movement that is tied to immigration and trade policy, where workers are treated as a commodity and is not just about selling a product or a service. It is about finding the future. It explores the future of the workers, the corporations and the society at large. The primary objective however is in finding the future. Not just a future in general, but specific futures for the individuals under the care of policies that govern people movement. The focus is the future in the sense that it makes a prediction about where the future lies and then takes specific steps to make that future happen. That’s where the subject of human migration comes in. The globalized political and economic system creates illegality by displacing people and then denying the workers rights and equality as they have to do what they have to do in order to survive. Globalization forces people into migration into countries where the ideas of divide and rule have been codified as a “legal” justification for the injustices. Inequality therefore is re-created and re introduced by a global economic system. In the realm of social reality – this social inequality creates a caste system, where one class of workers is pitted against the other for personal gain. Where when one side of the coin gets tainted, the other side shines brightly, putting the society at large in a conundrum. This book examines the function of ‘social inequality’ in a modern world of high-tech guest workers and India’s increasing dependence on exporting people to the labor pool in the global North. This book is titled “Green Carrot – America’s Work Visa Crisis” in recognition of this reality. While Indian workers serving with employers in the United States has been used as a case study, it aims to drive home a point - Should the human migration exports rest only on the economic needs or should they be more focused on the human rights of its workers? Through the book an attempt is made to explore the politics of the debate over immigration and trade policies between India and the United States. The book examines closely the cultural factors associated with the brokerage of intellectual capital and rights to intellectual property - two distinct yet, vulnerable areas in the political debate on immigration reform. The book examines body shopping as a business model that promotes the brokerage of intellectual capital and ends with the need for innovation, bringing focus on generating intellectual property. The book begins with examining what it means to be an indentured guest worker in labor bondage with a foreign employer - how immigration status is used to keep people vulnerable, to criminalize them and punish them when they try to improve their conditions. The narrative travels to examine how the visa status is used to control the movement of its foreign employee and how the ‘brokerage of intellectual capital’ allows subjugation for personal gain and its consequences on family life. The book traces back in history to explore America’s dependence on foreign labor and examines how the present day system of body shopping infact creates an economic system that benefit from the changes causing displacement, and also benefits from the labor displacement produces, especially those on the foreign work visas. It traces the development of the employer lobby set up to win expansion of the work visa programs. How the immigration policies have all but been about low salaries for foreign workers, excluding the local workers from competing for jobs thus dividing the workforces Finally the book suggests some alternatives, always the hardest part in the immigration debate. It concentrates on some of the most progressive ideas, which have been put forward by immigration and human rights activists.
For two decades veteran photojournalist David Bacon has documented the connections between labor, migration, and the global economy. In Illegal People Bacon explores the human side of globalization, exposing the many ways it uproots people in Latin America and Asia, driving them to migrate. At the same time, U.S. immigration policy makes the labor of those displaced people a crime in the United States. Illegal People explains why our national policy produces even more displacement, more migration, more immigration raids, and a more divided, polarized society.
Through interviews and on-the-spot reporting from both impoverished communities abroad and American immigrant workplaces and neighborhoods, Bacon shows how the United States’ trade and economic policy abroad, in seeking to create a favorable investment climate for large corporations, creates conditions to displace communities and set migration into motion. Trade policy and immigration are intimately linked, Bacon argues, and are, in fact, elements of a single economic system.
In particular, he analyzes NAFTA’s corporate tilt as a cause of displacement and migration from Mexico and shows how criminalizing immigrant labor benefits employers. For example, Bacon explains that, pre-NAFTA, Oaxacan corn farmers received subsidies for their crops. State-owned CONASUPO markets turned the corn into tortillas and sold them, along with milk and other basic foodstuffs, at low, subsidized prices in cities. Post-NAFTA, several things happened: the Mexican government was forced to end its subsidies for corn, which meant that farmers couldn’t afford to produce it; the CONASUPO system was dissolved; and cheap U.S. corn flooded the Mexican market, driving the price of corn sharply down. Because Oaxacan farming families can’t sell enough corn to buy food and supplies, many thousands migrate every year, making the perilous journey over the border into the United States only to be labeled “illegal” and to find that working itself has become, for them, a crime.
Bacon powerfully traces the development of illegal status back to slavery and shows the human cost of treating the indispensable labor of millions of migrants—and the migrants themselves—as illegal. Illegal People argues for a sea change in the way we think, debate, and legislate around issues of migration and globalization, making a compelling case for why we need to consider immigration and migration from a globalized human rights perspective.
“David Bacon is the conscience of American journalism; an extraordinary social documentarist in the rugged humanist tradition of Dorothea Lange, Carey McWilliams, and Ernesto Galarza.” —Mike Davis, author of No One Is Illegal
“Illegal People documents how undocumented workers have become the world’s most exploited workforce—subject to raids and arrests, forced to work at low pay and under miserable conditions, and prevented from organizing on their own behalf. In this richly reported book, David Bacon makes a powerful case for the centrality of ‘illegals’—of all nationalities—in the global struggle for economic justice.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America
“David Bacon’s book brings us the reality of the deplorable conditions under which immigrants live when they get here. David also demonstrates that there is hope, and we can win something better, today, not just for immigrants, but for all working people. We just have to commit ourselves to make the policy changes that create these unacceptable conditions. ?Sí Se Puede!” —Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation
“Read this book to understand why we must stop uprooting people abroad and how we can ensure rights and jobs for all people in this country. Bacon’s book highlights the real value of a comprehensive approach to immigration reform, which America supports!” —Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
“In clear and comppelling language, Bacon connects the dots between trade, migration and the maldistribution of wealth. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the cynical politics and human costs of the corporate protection racket we call globalization.” —Jeff Faux, distinguished fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and author of The Global Class War
“This new and urgently needed rethinking of the global economy and migration is a unique roadmap, showing not only how we arrived at our current immigration debate impasse but outlining the possibilities for what lies ahead.” —Raj Jayadev, journalist, organizer, and executive director of Silicon Valley De-Bug
“As he has before with both pen and camera, Bacon reminds us that we’re all in this together—and that organizing to reject divisive racism and nativism both celebrates our common humanity and promotes a twenty-first-century vision of global citizenship.” —John W. Wilhelm, presideent/Hospitality Industry, UNITE HERE
“Illegal Peopleeeee is like a fine Oaxacan tapestry woven ever so carefully with the human face of the main protagonist of the immigration dynamic—the mighty migrant laborer.” —Nativo V. Lopez, national president of Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana and the Mexican American Political Association
Since 2004, The National Organization for Software and Technology Professionals (NOSTOPS) has been performing the public outreach function as being an advocacy organization with a focus on “wage discrimination” and “worker rights against employer abuse” of Indian workers while in the United States on the guest worker visas. NOSTOPS has been on the forefront and has been vocal on the issues that affect knowledge workers and has built awareness to the issues leading to the digital divide between the working class. Being vocal about the issues faced by Indian knowledge workers overseas, has been an attempt to change the perception of the Indian talent earnestly sought by foreign employers. Have testified in the US Congress documenting instances of fraud and abuse of foreign workers and the related immigration policies that govern people movement. Helped document proposals that aimed to minimize fraud and abuse prevention, leading to the drafting of the “Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007”. Research done on the knowledge worker migration issues has been cited by the US Homeland Security as well as the UK Border Agency. As an H1B policy researcher, viewpoints are quoted regularly in the media.
PROVE is a derivative of NOSTOPS and has evolved after a decade, as a solution centric approach to the outward migration of knowledge capital from India. Based on a service model, PROVE is an Open Value network that measures the identity and reputation of its members.
PROVE is a vibrant community of work visa seekers and over half a million foreign recruiter employers from the US, UK, Canada, Germany and Australia.
PROVE aims to be a platform to facilitate circular migration of Indian talent to and from these geographies. Besides cross verification of workers in India as well as employers abroad, PROVE also offers a decentralized database of country specific foreign employers / recruiters, being curated and put up online as part of the user engagement efforts.
The primary focus of PROVE is to position itself as an accelerator, which eventually evolves into an ecosystem where International employers directly handshake with Indian Talent! With 50% of the population below 25 years of age & 65% below 35, India’s demographic dividend is unquestionable. The key to effective utilization of this dividend globally, lies in organizing this unorganized international recruitment sector, and PROVE aims to do exactly this! While this disruptive initiative is a surefire win-win for all the stakeholders – the pospective employee, the foreign employer, and the governments – it is the portal’s ability & speed to upscale at a national & global level that will make it an effective game-changer in the space!
With an objective of empowering the knowledge workers and to identify gaps in information, I have worked on topics to bring awareness to the issues leading to the digital divide between the working classes in The Americas. Focussing on the core issues of Wage discrimination and abuse of guestworker rights has been a consistent topic of conversation. Below is a brief journey since it's inception in 2004 - (Most relevant links updated).
US has no place for Indian computer programmers, coders
Tough times ahead! Oracle lawsuit portends legal woes for Indian IT
Oracle lawsuit shows tough times ahead for Indian IT
US clears air around H-1B visa with policy memorandum, computer programmers won't be eligible
US immigration department calls for greater scrutiny of third party H-1B workers
Indian techies nervous about stay in Donald Trump's America; mull passage back home
Future tense! Indian techies, students in US could face tough times
H-1B visa: US move on pay will hit Indian IT firms
Bill seeking to raise salary of H-1B visa holders 'driven by myths', says Nasscom
Salil Parekh takes charge: Will he continue with Vishal Sikka's vision …
IT companies should start caring for their employees and visa orphans
Putting 'Americans First' benefits India
H1-B visa issue: India needs to lobby harder to be heard by the US
Indian coders seen losing it to sons of the soil
Australians First – new visa program to invite foreign workers
The H-1B problem – Carrot of the Green Card
Half million American workers keep fingers crossed as White House decides on H-1B
Today, your personal brand is all that matters
India to supply workers to the world by 2022
Vulnerable employment and the rise in gig economy
Now, a professional registry with address work visa frauds and help connect employers
America’s demand for skilled workers could look a lot different in 2019
Globalization forces people into migration into countries where the ideas of divide and rule have been codified as a "legal" justification for the injustices. Inequality therefore is re-created and re-introduced by a global economic system.
In the realm of social reality - this social inequality creates a caste system, where one class of workers is pitted against the other for personal gain. Where when one side of the coin gets tainted, the other side shines brightly, putting the society at large in a conundrum.
In terms of labor mobility, globalization induced labor displacement creates labor sinks and labor redundancies in labor market economies globally. While trade and immigration policies between nations is an ever evolving process, people movement across borders is a fast accelerating global necessity today.
Labor recruitment, sits at the core of mobility between the host and the labor supplier nations. Predicting the labor demand of host nations, immigration policies are being revamped to accommodate futuristic economic growth. Tightening the immigration loopholes that have been mismanaged and abused, is therefore a priority.
While the search for the best and the brightest talent from overseas will evolve into a merit based immigration system, the way forward looks promising and highly encouraging to qualified knowledge workers and companies deploying their employees overseas.
Since 2004, it has been a consistent attempt to bringing awareness to the issues of foreign guestworkers and companies dependent on foreign workers and speaking with knowledge workers and their employers.
As an ongoing effort, I continue to consult and engage with individuals and their organizations to fill their knowledge gap. To explore our engagement, please send a detailed email explaining your objectives alongwith your resume / company profile
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