More on the Wharton cancellation of Chief Minister Narendra Modi, from Seema:
I am very disappointed after getting the news that Wharton has indeed canceled its invitation to Shri Narendra Modi. What a PR blunder! Not sure what kind of a 'business school' Wharton management is trying to run when it chooses to invite Islamic bigots like Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi (who have nothing to do with Economics) over a World renowned economic visionary and leader like Mr. Narendra Modi (an innocent man who has been exonerated of all allegations by the Supreme Court of India) to an 'economic forum'. Please read http://www.mediacrooks.com/2013/01/sujata-patil-vs-cowards_17.html to know more about real Sharia peddling face of Hinduphobic Javed Akhtar.
Irony is that a supposed 'business school' has 'chickened out' under pressure from Leftist and Muslim bigots, and canceled invitation to Mr. Narendra Modi under whose prominent leadership the economic fortunes of Gujarat and security of Gujarat's citizens have turned around such that every commoner irrespective of religion is prospering and multinational companies like Ford, GM, Toyota, Honda, Tata, Peugeot, Reliance, etc. are jumping head over heels to do business in his State.
Due to Mr. Narendra Modi's various Civil and Human Rights related governance initiatives there has not been even a single riot since 2002, whereas Muslim-Hindu riots were a daily occurrence before Mr. Modi took charge in 2001. 2002 Gujarat riots happened after a Muslim terrorist mob roasted alive 59 Hindu devotees including women and children, who were returning from the Hindu holy city of Ayodhya, by locking them in a train compartment and lighting it on fire using gallons of petrol in Godhra city. After receiving Godhra terrorist attack news, Mr. Modi appealed for calm and peace through various National and Local news media right away and deployed Armed security forces to maintain law and order. Mr. Modi's appeal for peace in 2002 can be viewed on the Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIRMR8zW0iI Four times elected Chief Minister Mr. Modi is hailed to be the next Prime Minister of India and has been praised as a Powerful Global Leader by the heads of many countries including Japan, China, European Union, etal. He has been delivering amazing all round inclusive development work and peaceful minimum government maximum governance in his Indian State of Gujarat for the past 12 years. His government has come back to power again recently in Dec 2012 with a thumping majority, especially in most Muslim dominated constituencies. Contrary to the lies peddled by Muslims and Leftist lobbyists in the US, a special investigation team appointed by the Supreme Court of India has found no evidence of commission or omission against Shri Narendra Modi, and has exonerated him of all allegations in 2002 Gujarat riots case.
Can we trust the quality and ethics of supposed 'leaders' that such schools produce who can easily give into prejudicial pressure, who disregard jurisprudence of other democratic nations, and who cannot even a stand for basic civil liberties such as Free Speech? This violation of Free Speech Rights is solely Wharton's students' loss and their snub to an economic visionary like Mr. Modi is the US economy's loss. Unfortunately a very very bad precedent has been set by short-sighted dimwit management at Wharton. Clearly they can't take the heat. Shame on them.
Must say that students and management of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) at Delhi University in India turned out to be much wiser, liberal, and rational than the ones at Wharton in the US. Management at SRCC did not deprive its students of free flow of ideas and knowledge by not caving into Muslim and Leftist bullying and misinformation campaign. They let Mr. Modi deliver an inspirational and mesmerizing keynote on SRCC campus in Feb 2013 despite intolerant protests by lies peddling Communist bigots. Mr. Modi's legendary keynote at SRCC was watched Live and hailed by millions of Indians on TV and the Internet.
Wharton, on the other hand, stands bare, naked, exposed, regressed, and alone!
Following is Wharton's foolish cop out statement: here
Please also read the following news report from First Post:
“Our team felt that the potential polarising reactions from sub-segments of the alumni base, student body, and our supporters, might put Mr. Modi in a compromising position, which we would like to avoid at all costs, especially in the spirit of our conference’s purpose,” the Forum said in a statement.
The Forum is an annual student-run India-centric conference hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Modi had been invited to deliver the keynote address at the Forum to be held in Philadelphia on 22-23 March via videoconference.
“As it stands currently, Mr. Modi’s keynote address at Wharton India Economic Forum has been cancelled,” the statement said.
“We do not endorse any political views and do not support any specific ideology,” the statement added. “Our goal as a team is only to stimulate valuable dialogue on India’s growth story.”
A group of Wharton’s professors and students had written a strongly-worded letter saying they were outraged to learn that the Forum had invited Modi as a keynote speaker.
The letter noted, “This is the same politician who was refused a diplomatic visa by the United States State Department on March 18, 2005 on the ground that he, as Chief Minister, did nothing to prevent a series of orchestrated riots that targeted Muslims in Gujarat.”
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia is expected address the Forum on 23 March.
In its statement, the Forum said the student body was extremely impressed with Modi’s credentials, governance ideologies, and leadership, which was the primary reason for his invitation.
“However, as a responsible student body within the University of Pennsylvania, we must consider the impact on multiple stakeholders in our ecosystem,” it said.
The Forum said even as it stood by its decision to invite Modi, “we believe that this course of action (of cancelling his address) would be the most appropriate in the light of reactions of the multiple stakeholders involved.”
“Therefore, we as a team, would like to apologise for being a catalyst may have put Mr.Modi and the Wharton School administration ia difficult position,” the Forum said.
The Forum said it hoped to have Modi speak at a “more appropriate forum where he can interact with students without the distraction of this kind of attention”.
The Forum said it was in the last stages of finalising an additional keynote address that would be delivered by “a very prominent Indian leader” and it would be announced very soon.
Since its inception in 1996, the meet has emerged as one of the largest and most prestigious India-focussed business conferences that provides a platform for leaders to discuss the opportunities present in India and the challenges that need to be addressed.
Among other eminent invited guests to the conference are Union Minister of State for IT and Communications Milind Deora; Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani; actress Shabana Azmi; and poet and scriptwriter Javed Akhtar.
Earlier keynote speakers have included former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, BJP leader Varun Gandhi and industrialist Anil Ambani.