The decision of the Wharton India Economic Forum to cancel Narendra Modi’s live video keynote address comes as an enormous relief. The faculty and students of Pennsylvania University who stoutly opposed the invitation to Mr. Modi deserve to be lauded. Shiv Sena leader Suresh Prabhu’s remark that the cancellation is an insult to India is presumptuous.

B. Suresh Bhat,


The Wharton India Economic Forum has lent itself to silent but serious embarrassment. Nothing can justify its action. Its impartial image has taken a beating thanks to the judgmental attitude of a section of students mostly from Pennsylvania University. If students and faculty had any grievances over the economic model Mr. Modi espouses or his alleged human rights violations, they could have asked the organisers to arrange a question-answer session after his keynote address.

Chandran Dharmalingam,

The Nilgiris

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