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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Indian-American dean of UC Berkeley law on 'indefinite leave' over sexual harassment suit

You meet one Indian, and if he is good, your ratio is 100% of good Indians. Now, you meet two, one of them turns to be an asshole, your ratio drops to 50%,  and finally if you meet a 1000, and the bad ones are 3 or 4, your ratio goes down to .003%  and they will start making the news. 

As we (Indians) increase in numbers, the bad guys will start popping up, we will start seeing Indian gangs, Indian thugs and Indian in bad things. We have seen plenty of men in banking scandals, stealing millions and getting caught, we have seen Doctors robbing the patients, and now we will be appearing in day to day life.

Last year 355 mass murders took place for a population of 318 Millions, that is roughly 1.2%, compare that to Muslims, there was one mass murderer in San Bernandino out of 6 Million - that is less than 0.12%  - ten times less than the their proportionate share.

Now, Indians will be popping in bad news and are going to Jails.

Should we be ashamed of these men? Hell no, you did not do it, I did not do it, even if he were our son, it is his heine that will be hauled off to jail, not yours or mine.

This guy Sujit Chowdhry is a dumb ass, and ruined it all to please his prick. It is annoying, we could have been proud of him.... ah well.

Mike Ghouse

Courtesy - Times of India
 | TNN | 

WASHINGTON: The Indian-American dean of the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, law school - the first ever PIO to head a law school in America - has been felled by a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Sujit Chowdhry, a highly-regarded constitutional scholar, will be stepping down and taking an "indefinite leave of absence" after the university reportedly found some merit in the charges against him by his executive assistant, who said he made inappropriate advances at her over a period of months.

"A thorough investigation of this case found that Dean Choudhry's behaviour in this situation violated policy and that he demonstrated a failure to understand the power dynamic and the effect of his actions on the plaintiff personally and in her employment," University executive vice chancellor and provost Claude Steele said in a statement on Wednesday night, disclosing that Choudhry will be "stepping down to his faculty position and salary."

"Based on the findings of the investigation I believed that a combination of disciplinary actions, monitoring of his behavior and formal training would be an appropriate and effective response, and would produce the necessary changes in his behavior," Steele added.

In a complaint filed on Tuesday against Choudhry and the University of California Board of Regents, Tyann Sorell, the former executive assistant, said Choudhry sexually harassed her — rubbing her shoulders and arms, kissing her cheeks and giving her bear hugs that pressed her body against him. When she brought this to the notice of supervisors, they first failed to stop Chowdhry and then tried to retaliate against her.

"The hugs became tighter and more lingering and the kissing more intimate in that over time Choudhry's kisses began to land closer and closer" to her mouth, according to the court documents cited in the local media.

Chowdhry had not commented on the charges or against the university action at the time of writing.
Choudhry, 46, moved to California from New York University (NYU), where he founded, and helmed, the Center for Constitutional Transitions. The New Delhi-born academic has received rave reviews for his scholarship in the area, including for work in the sub-continent (he is currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Indian Constitutional Law), before he came to head the UC Berkeley Law School, whose alumni include former Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren, former Secretary of State Dean Rusk, and Silicon Valley legal eagle Larry Sonsini, among others.

Law is not among the favored subject of Indian students in the United States that has brought some 100,000 collegiates stateside. According to the Open Doors report that monitors foreign student inflow to the US, some 75 per cent of students from India go into engineering, math, and science streams, and close to 15 per cent study at business schools. The report does not tabulate law school entrants, but social sciences and humanities account for less than 5 per cent.

Anecdotal reports suggest that is starting to change, particularly among Indian-Americans, and in a 2014 interview with TOI, Choudhry concurred. "When I went to law school 20 years ago there weren't many Indian kids growing up in North America who considered law," he recalled. "The way in which legal education had been viewed relative to other opportunities at home (in India) had kind of carried over to North America."

In part, there were historical reasons for Indian students not looking to U.S for law studies. "If you look at Indian legal elite, Oxbridge and London were the central points of reference from the 1930s to 1980s," said Choudhry. Gandhi, Nehru, Patel, Jinnah and others trooped to the UK to burnish their legal credentials, and only Ambedkar among the Founding Fathers came to the US (to New York's Columbia University).

Choudhry maintains it is very different now, and top law schools in America are "full of Indians, whether they are from India or Indian kids who have grown up here." The perceived value of legal education has changed since liberalization, he says, and India has turned increasingly towards American institutions of higher education, because "work here is more interdisciplinary and increasingly global in its orientation."

Even more so in culturally and ethnically diverse California and Bay Area (where UC Berkeley Law goes head-to-head against Stanford Law School), which Choudhry said, is what drew him to the West Coast (in addition to the small matter of having an extensive family network there).

"Great law schools of the 21st century will be a global crossroads for people and ideas from around the world," Choudhry said in the interview. "Legal issues are not confined to single jurisdictions now. They may have state, federal, foreign, international and transnational dimensions."

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