New Delhi/Washington: Hours after Wharton School cancelled the keynote address of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the varsity invited Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor Arvind Kejriwal to address the Wharton Indian Economic Conference in the United States.

While the invitation by Wharton school to the social activist was initially being speculated as Kejriwal being Modi’s replacement, the Wharton India Economic Forum (WIEF) said that it has not made any announcement on who would replace Gujarat CM as one of the key-note speaker at its annual event later this month.

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"We have not made any announcements," Tanmay Mishra, from WIEF, said when asked about the news report that the organisation has invited social activist Arvind Kejriwal to deliver the key note address in place of Modi.

Kejriwal will deliver his address through video-link on March 23, the day on which he will launch his indefinite fast. An AAP spokesperson said Kejriwal has got the invitation and will deliver his lecture through video-link.

WIEF had cancelled the invitation to Modi after it received furious petition signed by 135 people - which was organised by three Indian-American professors from the University of Pennsylvania - in which they opposed their decision to invite Modi, based on the allegation of human rights violations against him.
"I am thrilled of course. But also worried because this is perhaps one of many efforts to make Modi respectable," Ania Loomba, the Catherine Bryson Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania said.

The conference got into news in India after the organisers of conference decided to cancel Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's keynote address. Wharton took this decision in the wake of opposition to Modi -- who has drawn flak for his alleged role in allowing the 2002 post-Godhra riots -- from some of its students and university professors. Modi was to deliver his address on March 22-23 via video-conference.
It's significant that this protest was organized by three professors outside Wharton and one lawyer," Loomba said referring to the fact that none of the petitioners who signed onto the anti-Modi petition were from the prestigious Wharton School.
Arguing that they do not endorse any political views and do not support any specific ideology, the WIFE in on Sunday’s statement said their goal as a team is only to stimulate valuable dialogue on India's growth story, and to act as a forum where students and audiences interact with influential leaders from across India.


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