With online petitions, phone calls to MIT’s President’s Office, and now a letter signed by the faculty members, pressure is mounting on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to disinvite Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy from the MIT India Conference 2019 scheduled to be held here on Sunday, February 16, 2019.
Swamy was barred in 2011 from teaching at another Cambridge-based institution, Harvard University, for his Islamophobic views. He has always been in the news for his controversial views on various topics including Muslims, homosexuality, and recently alleging that Priyanka Gandhi has bipolar disorder.
…New Jersey-based Mohammad Jawad was one of the callers to MIT. Speaking to TwoCircles.net, Jawad characterised Swamy as “one of the most divisive and venom-spreading Indian politicians.” Jawad called MIT office to say that he is “disappointed that MIT is providing a platform to such a politician who is known for marginalising minorities.”…
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