Coalition Against Bigotry at Harvard


Statement

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."

Writing in the wake of the July 13, 2011, bombings in Mumbai, Swamy has exploited this event not only to promote a vision of Indian society based on Hindu supremacy, but to disparage and cast suspicion on the entire Muslim community in India. "Muslims of India," he states, "are being programmed by a slow reactive process to become radical and thus slide into suicide against Hindus."

While free expression and the vigorous contest of ideas are essential in any academic community, so, too, are respect and tolerance for human difference. By advocating measures that would grossly violate freedom of religion and the unqualified right to vote for different religious groups, and by aggressively vilifying an entire religious community, Swamy breaches the most basic standards of respect and tolerance.

More specifically, Swamy's comments cast doubt on his ability to treat a diverse community of students with fairness and respect. The highly insulting and stereotypical nature of his comments suggest that he cannot be trusted to regard Muslims -- and no doubt other groups--with anything but a jaundiced eye.

Swamy's views are deeply offensive; they are also dangerous. The measures he proposes--far out of step with the everyday secularism and tolerance embodied by most Indians--would threaten to tear apart the basic fabric of India's pluralist democracy. And, as Indians know too well, the brand of rhetoric that he employs has fueled violence against religious minorities in the past.

In short, we the undersigned condemn Subramanian Swamy and the views that he has expressed in the strongest terms. Someone who voices such ideas while continuing to teach at Harvard seriously compromises the University's integrity, undermining its commitment to diversity and tolerance.

Subramanian Swamy can have no place in the Harvard community.

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Student Groups (total: 3)

1. Student Labor Action Movement
2. Students for Choice
3. Progressive Jewish Alliance

Faculty (total: 18)

1. Mahmud Hussain, Post doctoral fellow
2. Ajantha Subramanian, Associate Professor of Anthropology
3. Frederike Alwes, Post Doctoral Fellow
4. Prerna Singh, Government
5. Michael Witzel, Professor of Sanskrit, South Asian Studies
6. Richard K Wolf, Professor of Music
7. Guy Leavitt, Lecturer in Sanskrit
8. Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies
9. Richard Delacy, Lecturer in Urdu-Hindi
10. Ali Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures
11. Anne E. Monius, Professor of South Asian Religions
12. Amy Bard, South Asian Studies
13. Kamal jethwani , Instructor, Harvard medical school
14. Asad Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
15. Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp, Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies
16. Naseem
17. Alison Frank, History

Harvard Undergraduates (total: 68)

1. Karen Narefsky, 2011
2. Abdelnasser Rashid, 2011
3. Nahlah melaih
4. Matilda Sokolov, 2014
5. Roland Yang, 2014
6. Talal, 2011
7. Erfan Soliman, 2012
8. Giacomo Bagarella, 2013
9. Emily Unger, 2013
10. Rabecca Andrew, 2014
11. Patrick Duffy, 2014
12. Fatoumata Binetou Fall , 2014
13. Rashid Yasin, 2012
14. Nima Hassan, 2014
15. Victoria Koski-Karell, 2012
16. Iman James, 2012
17. William Whitham, 2014
18. samra girma, 2012
19. Jai Chowdhry Beeman, 2013
20. Sarah Fouzia Choudhury, 2012
21. Zoe Tucker, 2013
22. Charlotte Lieberman, 2013
23. Adaner Usmani, 2008
24. Nico Hawley-Weld, 2012
25. Andrew Trott, 2011
26. Natali Alcala-Moreno, 2012
27. Hannibal Taubes, 2013
28. Shanti Kris, 2013
29. Ashwini Vasanthakumar, 2004
30. Abigail Brown, 2011/2012
31. V.V. (Sugi) Ganeshananthan, 2002
32. Robert Jay Ross, 2009
33. Arun S
34. Paul VanKoughnett, 2012
35. Joselyn Lai, 2013
36. Anna J. Johnson-Betty, 1997
37. Jane Newbold, 2012
38. rachael goldberg, 2012
39. Sandra Korn, 2014
40. Rachael Becker, 2012
41. zishan husain
42. Amortya Ray
43. Hasnain
44. Levi Roth, 2014
45. Vasudevan Rajaraman
46. Shana Kim, 2014
47. Annemarie Ryu, 2013
48. Hee Kwon Seo, 2013
49. Jia Hui Lee, 2012
50. Byron Hood, 2013
51. Malik Knox, 2013
52. Talal Saleem Almani, 2013
53. Paras Bhayani, 2009
54. Ashley Robinson, 2012
55. mohamed haniff, 2011
56. Ahamed Shafi
57. Efi Akam, 2012
58. Alexander Cox, 2012

Graduate Students (total: 86)

1. Sanjay Pinto, G7, Sociology and Social Policy
2. Fatin Abbas, G6, Harvard GSAS student
3. Bridget Hanna, 2012, Social Anthropology
4. Alireza Doostdar, G7, Anthropology & Middle Eastern Studies
5. Anand Vaidya, G4, Anthropology
6. Namita Dharia, Anthropology
7. Aleksandar Shopov
8. Daniel, 2011, NELC
9. Johan Mathew, History
10. Sam Asher, G5, Economics PhD Student
11. Arvind Nair, 2013, Student at KSG
12. Tara Gonsalves, 2011, International Education Policy
13. Umang Kumar, Harvard Divinity School
14. Tariq Omar Ali, History
15. Ankita Ritwik, 2013, Law student
16. Nichole Collins, G2, Molecular and Cellular Biology
17. Mircea Raianu, History
18. Aatif Iqbal, 2011, Law
19. Firas Naji, Clinical fellow medicine
20. Julia Stephens, History Department
21. Hassan Malik, G6, History Department
22. Andrew J McDowell, Anthropology
23. Ben Ewen-Campen, G4 OEB Graduate Student
24. Anouska Bhattacharyya, PhD candidate, History of Science
25. Dilan Yildirim
26. Benjamin Siegel, G4, History
27. Nancy Khalil, G4, Anthropology
28. Sai Balakrishnan, G4, Urban Planning
29. Tarun Cherukuri, 2011, HKS student
30. Sabrina Peric, Anthropology
31. Farhan Naqvi, 2010, MBA Graduate
32. Zahara Kassam, 2011, Harvard Business School
33. Iain Frame, SJD, Harvard Law School
34. Jen Scott, 2009, Kennedy School
35. Kristin Castillo, 2012, Harvard Medical School
36. Rajinder Balaraman, 2010, Business school
37. Marcelia Freeman, 2010, hbs
38. Fazle Rab Quadri, HU Extension School
39. Hunter Bandy, 2011, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
40. Tilsa Ponce, 2015
41. Philip Cartelli, G2, Anthropology
42. Mariam Chughtai, 2014, Doctoral Student
43. Emrah Yildiz, Joint PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies
44. Pratibha Joshi, 2013, HKS Student
45. Aparna Das
46. Maryam Eskandari, 2011, Aga Khan Architecture
47. Reed Swier, 2011, education
48. Anita Rathod, 2007, MBA
49. Shalin Desai, 2012
50. Daniel Sheffield, A.B. '04 Ph.D. ', Ph. D. Candidate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
51. Eunmi Mun, sociology
52. farhat, 1985, Restaurant er
53. Anita Wadhwa, lecturer, Harvard graduate school of education
54. tulsi dhanjani, business
55. Ujala Dhaka, Anthropology
56. Haroon Siddiqui, 2011, HU Extension School
57. Ahmed Moor, 2013, HKS
58. Rana, First, Student
59. Asma Jaber, 2013, HKS
60. Luis Capelo Sarmiento, 2013, Harvard Kennedy School
61. Katherine Aizpuru, 2014, Law School
62. Abu Syed, 2011
63. Ali Asgar Alibhai, 2013, NELC
64. Nicole Hoskins, 2012, Divinity
65. Chelsea Wait, 2011, South Asian Studies
66. Suhaib Baluch
67. Federico Perez, Anthropology
68. David Boone, Graduate Student, Extension School
69. Ateya Khorakiwala , G3, Architecture, landscape, urbanism history
70. Neelima Panoli, 2012, Graduate School of Design
71. Aditya Sawant, 2012, student
72. Amanda Ginsberg, Harvard Divinity School--MTS
73. Katherine Merriman, 2010, Divinity
74. Pradeep Gopalakrishnan, 2012, graduate student
75. Abby Sarkar, G4, Biological and Biomedical Sciences
76. Laura Stone, G3, Chemical Biology
77. M.Zubair Habib

Staff (total: 8)

1. Keith Rosenthal, Administrative Assistant
2. Geoff Carens, Union Rep, HUCTW [personal capacity]
3. Mohamed Khattab, Research Assistant at Children's
4. Anindya K. Sen, Research Fellow
5. Tom Murphy, WCFIA
6. Wajiha Ather Naqvi, 2011, Teaching Assistant at Harvard Summer School

Alumni (total: 64)

1. Chris Johnson-Roberson, 2011, History and Literature
2. Remeike Forbes, 2011, Visual and Environmental Studies
3. Darryl Li, 2001
4. Elizabeth Hang Le, 2009, Harvard Kennedy School
5. Corey Gaber, 2011, Graduate School of Education Alumnus
6. Ellora Derenoncourt, 2009
7. Susie An, Art History Phd candidate
8. Hala Iqbal, 2007
9. Komala Ramachandra, 2010, Law
10. Kaver Rajaraman, 2009, Alumnus - Graduate student in neuroscience at MCB, FAS
11. Iason Gabriel, 2008, Kennedy Scholar and Special Student GSAS (2007-2008)
12. Zahra Kanji, 2010, HBS MBA
13. Stephanie Skier, 2005, Harvard College Class of 2005
14. Hassan Al-Damluji, 2008, AM Middle Eastern Studies
15. Lindsay Schubiner, 2011, HSPH
16. Nowshad Rizwanullah, 2010, MBA
17. Alyssa Aguilera, 2009, College
18. Michael Gould-Wartofsky, 2007
19. Carlos Salazar, 2009, VES Concentrator
20. Colette Perold, 2011, WGS & RLL
21. Terry Ding, 2011, Applied Mathematics
22. Neal Meyer, 2011, history
23. Ann Shafer, 1998
24. Matt Cavedon, 2011, Religion concentrator
25. Shan Khan, 2011, AM, NELC
26. Steven B. Bloomfield, 1977
27. Kavita Shah, 2007, Harvard College
28. Daniel DiMaggio, 2004, Social Studies
29. Jonathan Dresner, 2001, History Ph.D.
30. Abby Schiff, 2011, Molecular and Cellular Biology
31. Momin Malik, 2008, History of Science
32. Denise Xu, 2011, Neurobiology
33. Madeleine Elfenbein, 2004, Social Studies
34. Anna Dresner, 1990, AM in Soviet Studies
35. Sadia Ahsanuddin, History concentrator
36. Ravind Grewal-Kok, 2000, JD
37. Vasuki Nesiah, 1993 & 2000, HLS alum.
38. Omer Aftab, 2011, Alumnus
39. muhammad rafeek mtp
40. Ajay Nair, 2007, HSPH, Indian Citizen
41. Linda Goodman, 1978
42. Greg Weller
43. Syed Akbar Hyder, 2000
44. Azzurra Cox, 2006
45. Akash R, 2010, SEAS Alumni
46. Christine Bresnahan, 2011, Graduate School Of Education Alumn
47. Laura Fokkena, 2011, Graduate School of Education
48. Anushka Fernando, HGSE- Ed.M program
49. Sara Ciner Schodt, 2011, Ed M IEP
50. Roselyne K, 2011, HGSE

Parents (total: 5)

1. Lorna Gonsalves, Parent
2. Peter Pinto, Parent
3. Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Parent
4. Margaret Gonsalves, 2011, Parent
5. David Narefsky, Parent

Other (total: 205)

1. Bhrigupati Singh, 2011, Other, Anthropology Postdoctoral Scholar
2. Frank Sutton, Other
3. Lubabah Helwani, Other, Extension School Student
4. Aryt Alasti, Other
5. Asra, Other
6. Devin Letzer, Other
7. Ali Hussnain, Other, student
8. Jaideep Mallick, Other, Research Associate
9. Neeta Bhasin, Other
10. Sadia Abbas, Other, Asst. Prof. of Postcolonial studies, Rutgers-Newark
11. Smita Lahiri, Other, Affiliated Researcher, Anthropology
12. Mathew S, Other
13. Munira Wells, Other
14. Suryanarayan Ganesh, Other
15. Sibtain Rassiwalla, Other, Small Business Owner
16. Ismail, Other
17. Oishik Sircar, Other, Alumni of the Harvard Law School IGLP Workshop 2011
18. Anindya Sen, Other, Post doctoral Fellow
19. Kishwer Vikaas, Other, Sepia Mutiny
20. Salim Syed, Other
21. Jacon Orongo, Other, Government
22. Rothwell C. Polk, Jr., Other
23. Jawad Khan, Other
24. Attaulla Khan, Other, IAMC
25. M R Uddin, Other, Professor of Biology
26. Michael Sultan, Other, Principal Oprs Res Analyst
27. Haider khan, Other, My brother graduated from harvard
28. Sunanda Thali, Other
29. Yousuf Siddiqui, Other
30. Ramesh Rao, Other
31. Zainal Abidin Ali, Other
32. Jyothi Natarajan, Other
33. Laura Selvaraj, Other, Indian Citizen
34. www.ummaabroadcasting.com, Other, MEDIA, registered with Rolla Chamber of Commerce, Missouri
35. Shaik Zakeer Hussain, Other, Independent Writer and Blogger
36. Gulzar ahmed Wani, Other
37. David Rukstales, Other,
38. Khalid Malik, Other
39. Rebecca M. Miller, Other, CUNY student
40. Burhan Qureshi, Other
41. Wells R. Staley-Mays, Other
42. Swati Ramanathan, Other, Concerned Indian Citizen
43. mara ahmed, Other
44. Babar Rasheed, Other
45. Hanan Qureshi, Other
46. Anees Jeddy, Other, Concerned
47. Dr. Sammy, Other
48. Faisal Patel, 2011, Other, OPM43-HBS Executive Education
49. Nadia Mir, Other, OUTRAGED
50. Saurabh Mahajan, Other
51. Rakesh Sharma, Other, Film-maker
52. Sameer M, Other
53. MOHAMED ZABEER, Other, Business
54. sadique ali, Other
55. Mohammed Iqbal, Other
56. Uthayachandran Subramanian, Other, Aeronautical student
57. shaje syed, Other
58. MInhaj Khan, Other
59. Rashid, Other, ex MA resident
60. Tanya D'Lima, Other
61. Farida Degani, Other
62. Usman Shariff, Other
63. Hari Chengalath, Other, Concerned Citizen
64. Maya Pinto, Other, Sister of Harvard Grad Student
65. Ishraque Khan, Other
66. Arvind Bhambhri, Other, Extension School Student
67. Ramesh, Other, Journalist, Indian Citizen
68. Siddharth Kaushal, Other, Well Wisher
69. Mohammed Gandhi, Other, Indian Citizen
70. Sahil Warsi, Other
71. Prashanth Manoj, Other, Citizen of India
72. omer nabi, Other
73. Rupa Chaudry, Other
74. Preet Karan Singh, 2011, Other, Harvard Summer School Student
75. Nooh Jamaludeen, Other, Engineer
76. Amin Zama, Other, IAMC
77. Muthamizh, Other
78. Mohamed Kaleem, Other, Business Analyst
79. Kashif Iqbal, Other, MD
80. shafeeq , Other
81. Mohammed Haneefa, Other
82. Sami Pasha, Other
83. Junaid A.R, Other
84. nasrullah, Other
85. Saeed Patel, Other, Entrepreneur
86. bilal s, Other
87. Girish, Other
88. N.F.Deen, Other
89. Sadiq AK, Other, Professor
90. Abdul samad, 2011, Other
91. muneer ahmed, Other
92. Harsh Kapoor, Other, South Asia Citizens Web
93. Hyder, Other
94. Riyadh Ahmad, 2011, Other
95. SHANOWAS KHAN, 2011, Other, TRADE
96. SURAIYA KHAN, 2011, Other, HOME EXECUTIVE
97. Mohammad Ahmad, Other, Lecturer
98. abul farhan, Other
99. N Mohamed, Other
100. Mridu Rai, Other, Lecturer, South Asian History, Trinity College, Dublin
101. Sabrina Datoo, Other
102. Ranu Roychoudhuri, Other, Graduate Student, University of Chicago
103. Kasturi Basu, Other, Graduate Student, Rutgers University
104. Brian Bond, Other
105. ashley calhoun, 2011, Other
106. vicki sotomayor leroy, Other
107. Hisham, Other, Professional
108. Krishna Han, Other, HPAIR
109. Mousume Sarker, Other
110. Thiagu Ranganathan, Other, None
111. CINDY MICAS, Other
112. vicky madhwani, 2011, Other, Grad Student, Northeastern Univeristy
113. Betty Peppers, N/ A, Other, Patriot
114. Mo Akhtar, Other
115. milind panho singh, Other
116. Sarah Abel, Other
117. Cynthia Potter, Other, Father went to Harvard Law School...
118. Dev Karan Ahuja, Other
119. George Abraham, Other
120. Mohd Hashmi, Other, Senior Researcher
121. Shefali Jha, Other, Graduate Student, University of Chicago
122. Sushmita Venugopalan, Other, Graduate student, Rutgers Univ
123. Eva Suarez, 2013, Other, Religion Major (Focus on Indian Religions)
124. Aditi Bhaskar, Other, Graduate Student, UMBC
125. Gautam Ghosh, Other, Lecturer in Social Anthropology
126. Saleem, Other
127. Janjri Jasani, Other, Friend of PhD Student
128. Karthik Thyagaraja, Other
129. Roop Misir, Other
130. beena sarwar, Other
131. Rafik Beekun, Other, University of Nevada
132. Abis Bishara, Other
133. Fazilath Begum, Other
134. Shiva Ram, Other
135. Olga Tkachuk, Other