দলিত এ্যক্টিভিস্টের গুগল টক বাতিল করেছে গুগল। দলিত এ্যক্টিভিস্ট থেনমোঝি সৌন্দরারাজন কে গুগুল টকে আমন্ত্রণ জানানো হয়েছিলো। এরপর সেই খবর শুনে বর্ণ হিন্দুরা গুগুল ম্যানেজমেন্টের কাছে টক বাতিল করার জন্য ইমেইল করতে থাকে। তারা যুক্ত থেনমোঝি সৌন্দরারাজন হিন্দু বিরোধী। তাদের চাপের মুখে টকটি বাতিল করেছে গুগুল কর্তৃপক্ষ।
গুগুলের একজন সিনিয়র কর্মকর্তা তনুজা গুপ্তা পুনরায় গুগুল কর্তৃপক্ষকে টকটি বাতিল না করতে আহ্বান করেন। কর্তৃপক্ষ সেটা না শোনায় তিনি পদত্যাগ করেন। এই ঘটনাকে কেন্দ্র কারে ব্যাপক বিতর্কের মুখে পড়েছে গুগুল। গুগুল কে বর্ণবাদ দুষ্ট হিসেবে চিহ্নিত করে ঘিরছে নানা রকম সামাজিক প্রেশার গ্রুপ।
এটা বলা প্রয়োজন নেই যে একজন দলিত কর্মীর যুদ্ধই মুলত হিন্দু বর্ণবাদের বিরুদ্ধে। দেখায় আলোচনা বাতিল করায় পদত্যাগ করেছেন তনুজা গুপ্তা
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এই বিষয়ে আমাদের ইংরেজি বিভাগের রিপোর্ট:
Tanuja Gupta’s, a senior staff of google resigns after Google cancels Dalit activist’s talk. In the wake of Gupta’s resignation, Equality Labs demanded Google News add caste as a protected category immediately.
Tanuja Gupta, project manager at Google News, founder of Googlers for Ending Forced Arbitration, and the organizer of the Google Walkout, has resigned in the wake of Google News canceling diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) talk on caste equity.
Thenmozhi Soundararajan, executive director, of Equality Labs, a US-based Dalit rights organization, was slated to give a talk in commemoration of the Dalit History Month in April. However, Google canceled the talk a couple of days prior to the scheduled date.
“The movement towards caste equity is one rooted in love, empathy and justice.I cannot find the words to express just how traumatic and discriminatory Google’s actions were towards its employees and myself, as the company unlawfully cancelled a talk about caste equity. Google must address the casteism within its workforce that allows for these attacks to occur and continue,” said Soundararajan.
Gupta has launched an internal site at go/caste-equity asking googlers to sign a petition to reinstate the talk. More than 400 Google employees rallied behind her cause. In response, the Google management launched an HR investigation and punitive corrective action against Gupta leading to her resignation.
“Google is woefully and willfully ill-equipped to deal with matters of caste discrimination, and that has led to the events and harm you’ve read about today. Of all the organising I have done at this company, I think many are surprised that fighting for caste equity was the lightning rod issue that took me down,”
wrote Gupta, in her resignation email.
“So my hope is that Googlers start to understand the magnitude of this issue, and the threat that their greater understanding poses to the South Asians in power.”
In the wake of Gupta’s resignation, Equality Labs demanded Google News to add caste as a protected category immediately.
Tanuja Gupta’s goodbye letter
When workplace policies collide with the realities of DEI And how Google sacrifices women to keep order
My career at Google has come to an end because of this company’s willful ignorance of caste discrimination, the double standards of its DEI programming, the weaponization of confidentiality to avoid accountability, and a normalized practice of retaliation against those who speak out.
When workplace policies collide with the realities of DEI And how Google sacrifices women to keep order My career at Google has come to an end because of this company’s willful ignorance of caste discrimination, the double standards of its DEI programming, the weaponization of confidentiality to avoid accountability, and a normalized practice of retaliation against those who speak out. If we never had a chance to meet in the halls of Google during my 11 years at the company, allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Tanuja Gupta . I was born and raised in Texas after my parents immigrated to the United States in the 1980s from India. By birth, I am half Hindu, half Jain, though I most closely identify as a Jain. After high school, I attended college at New York University where I graduated in three years and made the Dean’s List every semester.
I worked full time through my last two years of college, and started my career in tech at the age of 20. I have since worked in technology for another 20 years as an engineering program manager. During my cumulative 11 years at Google, I have been promoted 3 times. When I was an individual contributor (ie not a people manager), I co-organized the Google Walkout to protest how sexual harassment and discrimination were handled at Google, going on to successfully advocate for ending forced arbitration within our company.
Outside of Google, I have continued to advocate for both the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act and the recently passed HR 4445 to end forced arbitration for sexual misconduct in the workplace. In April 2019, after Google ended its policy of forcing arbitration, I became a people manager for our Google News team. In 2020, I received that third promotion to “Level 7” and to date, have built a team of 17 reports. During my last performance review, which ended May 2nd, I received a rating of ‘Strongly Exceeds Expectations.’ I sit 4 degrees of separation from our CEO (me → Sr. Director → VP → SVP → CEO).
Aside from being entrusted to lead several key initiatives for our 700+ cross-functional News team, I also founded a diversity, equity and inclusion model that became the blueprint for other teams at Google. After two years of building this program, I was co-awarded Google’s Search Superlative Award in 2021 for the impact of my work and this DEI model.
I’m sharing all of this because everything you read below will come down to credibility – mine, the banned speaker’s, Google’s and my fellow Googlers’. It’s also a reminder that no amount of work success, number of successfully executed projects, or accrued credibility makes you any less disposable if you challenge the structures of power.
One element of this DEI program model I mentioned is to run a speaker series, where experts from different organizations come speak to Googlers to educate them on matters of equity in different industries and countries. Since April is Dalit History Month, we wanted to shed light on caste discrimination. For those who are not familiar with this topic, the caste system is a millennia-old system of exclusion originating in South Asia. It impacts over 1.9B South Asians globally today, including 5.4M South Asians here in America.
Dalits (the most oppressed in the Caste system) have been historically subjected to violence and denied access to education, healthcare, land ownership, and other social capital. Dalits are considered ‘untouchable’ because they are considered ‘polluted’. And today, even though this sort of discrimination runs afoul of federal and local laws , Dalits, including those who have migrated to other countries like the United States, continue to suffer discrimination in private and public spaces —including tech workspaces , specifically Google .
In September 2021, two Google employees approached me confidentially about the caste discrimination they had witnessed at the company. They shared the struggles they faced simply having a talk at Google about caste discrimination. I agreed to host this talk as part of our News DEI program and connected to them my direct report to execute.
The News DEI Speaker Series was all set to have a talk about caste equity on April 18th with Thenmozhi Soundararajan, the co-founder of Dalit History Month and Equality Labs. Thenmozhi Soundarajan is a leading expert in caste equity and a Dalit herself. Her work led to the first Congressional hearing on caste discrimination in America, and her organization Equality Labs has been essential to the Cisco caste discrimination lawsuit .
Caste discrimination follows South Asians wherever they go. So considering how matters of caste equity are covered in the news ( or not ) AND given the huge South Asian population in tech, my News team found this topic relevant and timely for our speaker series. However, starting two days prior to the talk, a series of actions, reactions (and inaction) started, leading to what I believe are retaliatory measures towards me and discrimination towards South Asian caste-oppressed employees:
- আওয়ামী লীগের কর্মসূচি শোকের মাস ঘিরে
- মিরসরাইয়ে ট্রেন দুর্ঘটনায় নিহত ১১ তরুণের দাফন হাটাহাজারীতে
- মানবতাবিরোধী অপরাধ মামলায় ৬ আসামীর মৃত্যুদন্ড
- আইএমএফর কাছে বেলআউট ফান্ড চায়নি বাংলাদেশ সরকার
- রাষ্ট্রীয় সম্পদ ব্যবহারে সাশ্রয়ী হওয়ার আহবান সেতুমন্ত্রীর
- নৌ ও বিমান বাহিনীর কর্মকর্তাদের পদোন্নতি দিতে হবে মুক্তিযুদ্ধের চেতনায় বিশ্বাসী, পেশাগত দক্ষতা, নেতৃত্বের গুণাবলীর ভিত্তিতে : প্রধানমন্ত্রী
- সরকার তরুণদের দক্ষ কর্মশক্তি হিসেবে গড়ে তুলতে কাজ করছে : প্রধানমন্ত্রী