The Indian Minorities Advocacy Network, (ImanNet) is applauding a decision by the Wharton School to cancel a speech by Narendra Modi, chief minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat, reports Silicon India.
“The student forum is trying to save face for its invitation to the notorious pogrom politician by saying that they apologize to Modi for any inconvenience caused by the disinvitation. That is shameful, they should apologize to the victims of massacres and rapes that were perpetrated under the Modi government in 2002, and who are still awaiting justice,” said Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the president of ImanNet.
Anti-Muslim riots in 2002 in Gujarat left over a thousand people dead. Modi has since been accused of letting the massacre happen, an allegation he has denied.
reports several Indian American professors gathered 200 signatures opposing Modi’s speech. “Our team felt that the potential polarizing reactions from subsegments 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 Wharton India
Economic Forum organizing committee said in a statement.
Some say Modi is being groomed to become Prime Minister of India.