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Harvard fires Swamy for hate article

Harvard fires Swamy for hate article
Nyew York, Dec 8 (PTI)

Harvard University has decided to remove courses taught by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy at its annual summer school session, terming his views in a controversial piece on Islamic terrorism in India as 'reprehensible'.
At a meeting of Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences, faculty members voted with an "overwhelming majority" to remove two economics courses - Quantitative Methods in Economics and Business and Economic Development in India and East Asia - that Swamy teaches at the three-month Harvard Summer School session.

The faculty meeting, convened to approve the 2012 Summer School course catalogue, resulted in a "heated debate" when Comparative Religion Professor Diana Eck proposed an amendment to exclude Swamy's courses from the catalogue, the Harvard Crimson reported.

In a July op-ed piece for an Indian publication, Swamy had recommended demolishing hundreds of mosques and suggested that only Muslims in India who "acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus" should be allowed to vote.

Eck said Swamy's op-ed "clearly crosses the line by demonising an entire religious community and calling for violence against their sacred places," adding that Harvard has a moral responsibility not to affiliate itself with anyone who expresses hatred towards a minority group.

"There is a distinction between unpopular and unwelcome political views," Eck said.

Earlier, more than 400 students had signed a petition calling for Swamy's removal after Harvard had decided to stand by him, affirming its commitment to free speech principles.
 

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