In Opposition to Silence
Many of us have experience that we wish to speak of. Even when compelling reasons to speak out may exist, we choose not to. There are times we wish to speak through agitation, yet we stop short of it and are content with limited gestures. There are times when we wish to speak through writing and we do not go ahead, except undecipherable scribbling. There are times when we have the longing to convert those yearnings into writing-a letter may even be written but it is never posted. The present volume makes a committed and passionate appeal to reverse this drift and arrive at situations wherein we speak when we wish to, we agitate when we need to and we write when we feel like.
It is time that people engaged in the development practice and teaching, recognize that there has always been dialectical diverse institutions and the seat and corridor of power. It is important that not only they recognize this, but move on to understand and work on it to the advantage of people and communities on the margins. Ideologies and instruments which silence people are in reality earsplitting and hence they need to be contested in all forms, at all fronts and through multiple means. Accordingly In Opposition to Silence locates itself largely as an unassuming stride to break the deafening silence.
About The Editors
Seema Sharma is Assistant Professor at Department of social work, University of Delhi. Her areas of research interests include dynamics of human relations as well as challenges to human life on account of crafted oppression and exclusion in diverse forms. As a practitioner academician, a large portion of her work remains embedded in urban marginalized communities. She has more than twelve years of experience in the field of human resource management working with India’s top software company- Tata Consultancy Services, Delhi and Keane India Limited in their HR Department. She has been an honorary consultant with De Chazel Du Me, one of the largest HR consulting firms of maturities. Seema Sharma has also been supporting small and medium companies for initiating and strengthening their HR practices.
Manoj K Jha is Associate Professor at Department of Social Work, University of Delhi. His research interests revolve around methodological and conceptual issues of social protest movements, minorities and marginalized communities. His latest book Riots as Rituals is based on his research on communal relations, mobilization and violence with the Bhagalpur riots in the Backdrop. An academician-activist to the core, Manoj K Jha is a practitioner of emancipator and anti-oppressive approach in Social Work. He has designed and implemented rehabilitative and reconciliatory action projects in Gujarat and Rajasthan and has been part of several civil society fact-finding teams to respond to instances of violence and atrocities.