Wharton Disinvites Controversial Keynote Speaker

Gujarat State Chief Minister Narendra Modi Photograph by Sunil Saxena/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

The Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF), an annual student-run conference hosted by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and scheduled to take place March 23, is embroiled in controversy. Forum organizers disinvited one of its keynote speakers, Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, a state in western India, on Sunday after university professors wrote a petition condemning Modi as a leader. The petition was signed by more than 300 people both in the university community and other parts of the world.

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