Now, Narendra Modi gets US Free Speech boost on Wharton snub

Narendra Modi

Disappointed at the decision of Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) to cancel its invitation to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for delivering a keynote address, his supporters the 'US for Free Speech' today launched a campaign to lodge their protest against the decisions.

The supporters, under the banner of 'Americans for Free Speech', in a mass email asked people to write to the top management of Wharton School, America's top business school, and the University of Pennsylvania against the decision taken by the WIEF to rescind its invitation to Modi.

The email contains contact details and phone numbers of more than a dozen officials of WIEF and the Wharton School.

While the announcement is yet to be made public, the promoters of the campaign said a group of distinguished community leaders and prominent University Professors in the US is working on a memorandum to be submitted to Wharton for "violation of First Amendment" of the Constitution, "stifling free speech" and "pandering" to far left.

The group is also planning to hold a peaceful protest outside the venue of the annual student-run India-centric conference hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on March 23. The organisers of the campaign said their purpose is to make the University and the Wharton School aware that their decision has not gone down well among the Indian Americans, and corporate sector of the country.

Meanwhile, in a related development, the Wikipedia page of the Wharton India Economic Forum today appeared to have been compromised as the language written explaining it and the annual event was far below its standard, one-sided and seen to be "angry" at the Wharton's decision on Modi.

Wikipedia's press office did not respond to an email seeking clarification on its content.

Simultaneously, at least two panelists on wife, requesting anonymity, said they have been received several calls from people, mainly Indian-Americans, asking them to withdraw their names from the annual event in protest against the Wharton's decision on Modi.

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