Controversy in Wharton over inviting Narendra Modi as speaker

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 02, 2013 11:42 hrs

Washington: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi may have been denied a visa to United States for the 2002 riots in his state, but he continued to create ripples even in the international forums with the economic successes and growth story of his state despite controversies surrounding him on each such occasion.

Modi has been chosen as a keynote speaker at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania's "Wharton India Economic Forum", the annual student-run conference hosted by the Wharton School, but reports said the university management is still deliberating on whether to keep his as a speaker.

The website of the event has Narendra Modi as a speaker with his image.

It says: Narendra Modi (via live videoconference), Honorable Chief Minister, Gujarat, India, Profile coming soon." An image of Modi has been put on the site.

The site features him along with Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and industrialists like Gautam Adani.

Media reports said there are talks going on in the management on whether it is right to have Modi as keynote speaker for the Forum scheduled on March 23.

Recently Modi addressed the students at the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in New Delhi sparking some controversy as well and a few protests.

The BJP strongman spoke at the 'Shri Ram Memorial Oration' at SRCC's fifth Business Conclave 2013.

The students of the college conducted an internal poll and selected Modi as the speaker at the event.

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