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Thread by @SuzaneN_: "As a Minority working in an entity largely funded and run by the Majority, demands a lot of (unwilling) 'sacrifices' on our part. Such jobs/ […]"

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As a Minority working in an entity largely funded and run by the Majority, demands a lot of (unwilling) 'sacrifices' on our part.

Such jobs/workplace environment demands, aggressively/subtly, that Minorities be voiceless when the discourse of politics/society go on around us.
The Majority always put themselves front and centre of any conversation pertaining to the political/societal environment in the country.
And in the midst of such enthusiastic 'discussions', the lone/few Minority employees choose (they need the jobs!) to not state their opinions
And the same can be said of academic environment as well- schools, colleges, Uni.
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.
I remember when I was in Uni and the news of Delhi Church attacks in 2014-15 had been run on several channels, and the next day everyone in the class had an opinion over the issue and they asserted it very aggressively, ignoring whatever I or Esther (batch mate) had to say any it
We had to bear the shame of being a Minority (even though we had no idea why we were held accountable for the attacks on Churches), keep silent as *they* raged over the supposed forceful conversions done by Evangelists, look down upon and at with suspicion (still 've no idea why)
Our community was under attack but we were the ones looked down upon as the "terrorist", bear the shame of a crime we never did.

Questions on religion follows, mocks/taunts, derision aimed at out community and rituals couched as gentle queries about our practises.
And it's a thousand times worse at workplaces where Minorities are expected to be subservient, voiceless humanoid incapable of experiencing any emotions or expressing opinions on current political discourse.

We have to keep our jobs too, you see.
One of my cousins who work as a Teacher at a reputed school in his city was talking about how unbearable the workplace environment has been ever since the news about Vajpayee's death started circulating.
Everyone is busy praising the former PM, without even pausing to consider his or other Minority Teachers' sentiments on the matter.

They praise Babri, they praise his 'strong words' condemning Conversions/Evangelism, all the while Muslim/Xtian Teachers are in their midst.
These Minority Teachers often are pushed into silence when the rousing discussions on Vajpayee are held in their vicinity.
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).
Minority employees too have many opinions wrt pol/soc/eco aspects of the country.
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.
At every stage, we are discouraged and silenced.
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.
And this is a result of the power dynamic that functions within and outside the boundary of such places

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
Not unsafe to say that this system creates a sort of hierarchy among the employees/students at work/academic places.

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.
*on
*looked
The examples I enumerated are the mildest forms of such discrimination.
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.
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