Harvard College Palestine Solidarity Committee

23Jul/11

Petition: Stop Religious Bigotry in the Harvard Community!

In an op-ed appearing in the Indian newspaper Daily News & Analysis, Subramanian Swamy, an Indian politician who teaches economics at Harvard Summer School, used the recent bombings in Mumbai as an excuse to issue a truly frightening vision of Hindu supremacy in India, while vilifying the country's entire Muslim population. For Swamy, this is one in a long line of inflammatory interventions in Indian politics, and it likely won't be the last. But it can and should represent the end of Swamy's ability to draw legitimacy and prestige from his position at Harvard, and to take his bigoted and dangerous worldview into Harvard's classrooms. We ask that you join us in taking action.

Sign the petition!

Demand that Harvard end its association with religious extremist Subramanian Swamy.

We the undersigned members of the Harvard community are outraged to learn that Subramanian Swamy, an Indian politician whose recent editorial shows him to be a bigoted promoter of communalism in India, also teaches economics at Harvard University Summer School. We demand that the Harvard administration repudiate Swamy's remarks and terminate his association with the University.

Swamy proposes a truly shocking set of "strategies" for "deter[ring] terrorism" in an op-ed appearing in the July 16th edition of the Daily News & Analysis, an Indian newspaper. These include "declar[ing] India a Hindu Rashtra in which non-Hindus can vote only if they proudly acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus"; "[r]emov[ing] the masjid in Kashi Vishwanath temple and the 300 masjids at other temple sites"; "[e]nact[ing] a national law prohibiting conversion from Hinduism to any other religion"; and "[p]ropagat[ing] the development of a Hindu mindset."

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