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Harvard writes off Swamy for anti-Muslim write-up

world Updated: Dec 09, 2011 01:41 IST
Yashwant Raj
Yashwant Raj
Hindustan Times
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Harvard University has sacked Subramanian Swamy from its summer school programme for an article he wrote advocating demolishing mosques in India and disenfranchising Muslims.

The university had earlier decided to retain him despite a signature campaign, started by two students of Indian origin, demanding his ouster. On Wednesday, it changed that decision and told Swamy to go.

In New Delhi, Swamy said, “This is a dangerous principle that stifles personal opinion... I would assume that they would have sent their petition to me asking for my comments, which is normal procedure. But they have not done that.”

“I was persuaded... that the views expressed in Dr Swamy’s op-ed piece (in Daily News and Analysis on July 26) amounted to incitement of violence instead of protecting political speech,” philosophy department chair Sean D Kelly, who also serves as vice-chair of the faculty docket committee, told the university paper, The Harvard Crimson.

Kelly had earlier weighed in on Swamy’s side, arguing for his freedom of speech.

The Janata Party president taught two economics courses in Harvard in the summer.