Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has cancelled a keynote address by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi following an outrage by a group of professors and students over the Indian leader's political past.
The organisers said in a statement that while they stood by the decision to invite Modi, adverse reactions from among the stakeholders involved had prompted the decision.
"Our team felt that the potential polarising reactions from sub-segments of the alumni base, student body and our supporters might put Mr Modi in a compromising position, which we would like to avoid at all costs," the statement said.
"We do not endorse any political views and do not support any specific ideology. Our goal as a team is only to stimulate valuable dialogue on India´s growth story," the statement said.
Modi had been chosen to deliver a keynote address via video conferencing at the Wharton´s "India Economic Forum", the annual student-run conference hosted by the Wharton School.