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Dr. Sudhir Parikh pulls out of WIEF 2013, asks Wharton to introspect


Ahmedabad, DeshGujarat, 13 March 2013

Another panelist has pulled out from the Wharton India Economic Forum this year. Padma Shri Sudhir Parikh, Chairman and Publisher of Parikh Worldwide Media LLC. has written a letter to organizer of this year’s event of Forum Dr. Ram Narayan and has asked the forum organizers to introspect. Here is the full text of Dr. Sudhir Parikh’s letter to Dr. Ram Narayan:

Dear Dr. Ram Narayan:

At the outset I’d like to thank the Organizing Committee of the India Economic Forum for inviting me to join the panel of speakers. As an immigrant of over 30-years standing and dedicated to promoting the cause of India and the Indian Americans, I look forward to sharing my thoughts about NRIs as ambassadors of India.

However the manner in which the committee has been pressured to rescind its invitation to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on entirely specious grounds, I feel the intellectual integrity of the forum has been compromised. As a published, I am constrained to err on the side of free flow of ideas and unfettered discussion public policy issues be it in academia or journalism. It is for this reason; I have no choice but to withdraw my name from the panel of speakers of this year’s forum.

But I have no doubt that the forum will introspect over what happened and make efforts to recoup its reputation in the years to come as an objective platform for promoting U.S-India relations. And I look forward to contributing to the forum’s future endeavors.

Sudhir Parikh, MD.

Dr. Sudhir Parikh was to speak in the event as panelist in NRIs related session. How Wharton has become a joke is evident from the fact that Mr. Sadanand Dhume, another panelist in this session also pulled out of the event few days back, protesting against the decision of dropping Mr. Modi as a speaker under the pressure of around couple of hundred left-wingers.

Ever since Wharton succumbed to 200 left-wing facebookers, mockery is just not ending. Platinum sponsor Adani Group, Silver sponsor Colors TV, Bronze sponsor Hexaware technologies withdrew their sponsorships. Mr. Adani, Mr. Sadanand Dhume, Mr. Atul Nishar, Mr. Suresh Prabhu are some of the speakers who also have distanced themselves from the event.


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  1. BAPTY.S says:

    SAD THESE INDIANS ,BRING DISPESPECT TO INDIA & FELLOW INDIANS, IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD ESPECIALLY THE HIGHER STRTA OF SOCIETY, WELL EDUCATED, & WELL PLACED IN RESPONSIBLE POSITIONS IN USA & ELSEWHERE IN THE WORLD.

    I APPRECIATE DR PARIKHS LETTER OF WITHDRAWAL VERY MUCH, FOR ITS CONTENT,& HIS TENACITY TO STAY WITH THIS ORGANISATION, ONCE IT RECTIFIES ITS THOUGHTS,& RECOUPS ITS “REPUTATION” .ITS NICE OF HIM TO SAY I SHALL CONTRIBUTE TO FUTURE ENDEAVOURS.

  2. Kes says:

    British Airways has joined as a sponsor. I wont be flying the airline ever again.

  3. Amit Karia says:

    Really nice to see people withdrawing from this event, any attack on Gujarat C.M is direct attack to integrity of Gujarati people as class, he has been chosen 3rd time AS CM with clear mandate. All Gujarati NRIs should distance them selves from this event,.

  4. JJ says:

    Letter To Wharton from Lord Patel of UK parliament.

    .Ahmedabad, March 13, 2013

    Wharton “presents Modi-baiters in poor light”

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    Lord Adam Patel, who organised U.K. protests after 2002 riots, now supports Gujarat CM

    Lord Adam Patel, who played a vital role in organising protests in the United Kingdom against Narendra Modi following the 2002 Gujarat riots, has now come round in his support, tearing into the Wharton Business School for cancelling the Chief Minister’s address at the Wharton India Economic Forum.

    In a letter to Wharton, Lord Patel of Blackburn said the university’s action weakened free speech and the search for justice and closure.

    “In order to listen to someone, one does not need to be an ardent follower or a bitter critic,” Lord Patel wrote. “Freedom of expression knows no boundary. The more we listen to people and ideas, the more enriched we get. When an educational institution gets prescriptive on the kind of speech one can and cannot listen to on the campus, it kills intellectual freedom, a democratic idea that the U.S.A., India and the U.K. have cherished from time immemorial.”

    He says: “Cancelling lectures will not help, in fact it will present Modi-baiters in [a] poor light that they have extinguished all points of reason and debate to have had to resort to such an action.”

    Lord Patel, who hailed from Bharuch in Gujarat and migrated to the U.K. in 1964, credits Mr. Modi for his electoral successes and says this shows he has maintained “a steady grip over the people of his State.” He met Mr. Modi on January 29 during a visit to Gujarat.

    “As a Gujarati myself, I consider it to be a gross insult that the Chief Minister of my State, however wrong one may feel he is, cannot express his views at a global forum, such as the one in Wharton, because a few in the audience don’t like him.”

    Lord Patel believes that justice is being delivered in the 2002 riot cases and that it is being delivered much faster “than any other post-riot conviction in India.”

    “But if people feel shunning Modi is the best way to achieve their ends, they are mistaken. In fact by opposing Modi’s visit to Wharton, they are only strengthening the hands of the enemies of justice while at the same time, they are doing a great disservice to the process by which justice and closure may be achieved in Gujarat.”

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    When educational institution gets prescriptive on the kind of speech one can and cannot listen to, it kills intellectual freedom

    Opposing Modi’s visit amounts to strengthening the hands of enemies of justice

  5. Nikhil Parikh says:

    Japanbhai.Keep it up.
    Good work done.
    My many NRI friends reading desh gujarat many times.

  6. bulusuvsmurty says:

    Way Modoi kept quiet? He has to say that I won’t go to U S even they invite me.

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