The moment these ‘Leftists’ figured out that we were not ideologically inclined towards them, we were shut down. It did not matter that the project we were working on was an initiative towards reducing injustices. What mattered to these academics was the language we spoke. If you are not a left-liberal, capitalism-hating, RSS-hating, Modi-abusing person, you are not one of them, and they will not help you. They will not help you if you fall short by even one of those parameters. To quote George W Bush, you are either with them, or against them.