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Tech giant Google has finally responded to US-based Dalit activist Thenmozhi Soundararajan, whose talk on caste bias in April was canceled after some of her employees rebelled against the company, labeling her Hindu-phobic and anti-Hindu.

Caste discrimination has no place in his workplace. The company also has a very clear, publicly shared policy against retaliation and discrimination in the workplace, a Google spokesman said.

The Washington Post had revealed the news that the Dalit activist’s talk had been canceled because her staff kept sending emails canceling her talk. The magazine also revealed that the groups of Google employees mass emailed over the company’s intranet to cancel the lecture due to cast bias.

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Thenmozhi then wrote to Google CEO Sundar Pichai that she was concerned by this development and that her presentation would only help Google employees to better understand the problem.

In her letter to Pichai, Thenmozhi said they are both Tamils ​​- while he comes from a Brahmin family, she comes from a Dalit family. Even a consultant like her faces casteist slanders in the company he runs. Imagine what a caste-oppressed worker at Google would face if he dared to come forward, she wrote.

Thenmozhi Soundararajan, a United States-based Dalit rights activist and founder and executive director of Equality Labs, a non-profit organization that advocates for Dalits, was to speak with staff at the Dalit story Google News scheduled month.

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The issue also intensified after Tanuja Gupta, the senior manager at Google who invited Thenmozhi to give the talk, left Google in protest after being paraded about her invitation.

In her farewell email, Gupta questioned whether Google wanted its diversity efforts to succeed. Retaliation is a normalized Google practice for dealing with internal criticism, and women are taking the hit, she wrote.

In a statement, Thenmozhi said she couldn’t find words to express how traumatic and discriminatory Google’s actions were towards its employees and herself, given that the company unlawfully canceled a caste justice lecture. Caste discrimination, even unrecognized, is bad for business and creates insecure and hostile jobs, she said.

Not only will this engagement help Google employees and many global reporters better understand and address this structural South Asian issue, but it will also allow Google to better serve caste-oppressed journalists in a meaningful way, especially at a time when they are… are subjected to so much violence on this issue, she said.

Thenmozhi, formerly president of the Ambedkarites Association of North America (AANA), which has branches in the US, Mexico and Canada, is a globally recognized anti-caste activist and is behind efforts to bring international attention to this South Asian system of social segregation.

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