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Wharton or not, Modi set to speak to North American audience

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiPhoto: Sandeep Saxena
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra ModiPhoto: Sandeep Saxena

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will speak to audiences in North America courtesy the Overseas Friends of BJP, following the cancellation of an invitation from the Wharton India Economic Forum.

The Bhartiya Janata Party’s overseas liaison unit announced on Wednesday that Modi shall address American and Canadian citizens via live video speech March 9 at 8.00 p.m. (6.30 a.m. India time March 10) through U.S. based TV Asia channel.

Organised under the BJP global community outreach programme, Modi’s speech broadcast live from Ahmadabad would be available for viewing live at two centres in New Jersey and Chicago besides TV Asia, according to OFBJP convenor Vijay Jolly.

Meanwhile, WIEF’s cancellation of the invitation to Modi to speak via video conference at its upcoming annual student-run India-centric conference in Philadelphia on March 23 has received mixed reaction here.

Expressing disappointment at the decision to disinvite Modi, an influential Democrat lawmaker Eni Faleomavaega said “Universities are a place for divergent views. For Wharton to suppress the views of some at the expense of others simply is not right.”

“It is disappointing that Wharton rescinded its invite in response to a protest from a segment of professors and students who are reaching beyond the law and coming awfully close to violating the rights of others who have a different view,” he said.

The top democrat on the House Foreign Relations Committee’s subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific had at a recent Congressional hearing urged the Obama administration to review its policy regarding Modi and begin a dialogue with him.IANS


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