Globalization Final Paper Final Draft

Globalization Final Paper Final Draft - Nakul Shah Mustafa...

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Nakul Shah, Mustafa Jafri Final Paper Strength, courage, vitality: To someone that speaks the Pakistani language of Urdu, the word thaakat means all of this and more. Thaakat is moral and mental power, giving strength and encouragement unto another. In the summer 2007 a group of South Asian college students in Chicago, led by their pioneer Uzma Pawany created an organization that would bring thaakat to disadvantaged areas of the world. The Thaakat Foundation was soon established as a non-profit, non-political, non-religious charitable organization that focuses on South Asian nations. The organization moved to New Jersey when Uzma Pawany married a native of the state, and brought her organization with her. Chapters and branches of this organization formed, and are now present in the Rutgers New Brunswick campus, Rutgers Newark campus, and its very own city of Chicago, where Thaakat was originally founded. A Rutgers University student, Syed I. Zaidi, now the Co-Vice president of the Rutgers New Brunswick chapter spoke with us about everything Thaakat has done within the Rutgers New Brunswick community and abroad. As Uzma Pawany completed her college career, she felt that she had an obligation to help those less fortunate than herself. After joining the Red Cross, she felt that she had the responsibility to start her own organization, one that can be more focused on a particular region. As Thaakat gained strength and supporters, with hard work and commitment by its members, it became a 501 C3 recognized non-profit organization. It was at this point that Thaakat began to grow into the transnational movement it is becoming to this day. Although Thaakat focuses on charitable work in South Asia, in no way does it discourage help from those of other backgrounds. There is simply a central focus on South Asia; an area that Thaakat feels is in desperate need of humanitarian effort. Although the aims are geographical in nature towards South Asia, the group encourages all people to participate. “We encourage people of other cultures, religions, races, and ideals to join us,” Syed mentioned in the interview.” You don’t have to be South Asian to join. We’re all human beings helping other human beings. Any type of help is
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appreciated.” Syed further commented on the diversity of South Asia. “We’re moving beyond the political and religious scope of things…because the South Asian community is interfaith itself, so isolating a certain culture, ideology, religion, or anything else really doesn’t make any sense.” Every year, this organization, along with all of its branches, focuses on numerous charitable, humanitarian, and community service programs; with a particular emphasis on an annual global cause. According to Syed, “[We] choose one main cause, or our global cause, to focus on and uphold per year.
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