Such jobs/workplace environment demands, aggressively/subtly, that Minorities be voiceless when the discourse of politics/society go on around us.
And in the midst of such enthusiastic 'discussions', the lone/few Minority employees choose (they need the jobs!) to not state their opinions
In the hullabaloo created by Majority through their glorification of BJP/Modi Raj, the Minorities are quietly pushed into the background from where their opinions can not be heard.
Questions on religion follows, mocks/taunts, derision aimed at out community and rituals couched as gentle queries about our practises.
We have to keep our jobs too, you see.
They praise Babri, they praise his 'strong words' condemning Conversions/Evangelism, all the while Muslim/Xtian Teachers are in their midst.
They dare not risk their jobs by speaking out of turn & in the process upsetting the herds of UC Hindoo colleagues (many of whom are Vajpayee/Modi fans).
We live in and care for the country and its future too.
But there are these invisible barriers that bar us from jumping into the fray and state our thoughts fearlessly, without repercussion.
Through intimidation, uninviting atmosphere, the power dynamic at work, the fear of losing jobs and/or demotions.
This is the culture of silence that is encouraged against the Minorities in every workplace/academic space in India.
A Minority employee could be senior in his org,
Yet, he is powerless against the mass of Majority workers who actively perpetuate this culture of silence against his community
Between those who are included in conversations, whose opinions are valued,
those who are pushed into silence, could be kicked for a wrong turn of phrase.
Companies, academic places, any workplace where the Majority has control- renders those places almost impossible to work in for the Minority employees esp in those times when the community is under attack.