From: Save India From Corruption
Sent: Friday, 9 December 2011 6:18 AM
Subject: [scw] Fwd: Request to meet Dr. Faust on Dr. Swamy’s case
Dear Dr. Faust,
It is deeply troubling Harvard chose to drop Dr. Subramanian Swamy courses from summer offerings due to pressure from few faculty members who might be ideologically opposed to Dr. Swamy. You had initially stood for his free speech rights and we are concerned that you have not intervened to address this. There is enormous indignation in the community to such action by Harvard. Please take few minutes to consider the following:
a) It does not appear that anyone from Harvard approached Dr. Swamy to give his response? As a premier institution standing for free speech rights, is this not the basic thing to do?
b) Crimson article (http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2011/12/7/faculty-final-meeting/) mentions,
“[Swamy’s position on disenfranchisement] is like saying Jewish Americans and African Americans should not be allowed to vote unless they acknowledge the supremacy of white Anglo Saxon Protestants,” said History Professor Sugata Bose.
Here is what Dr. Swamy wrote in the article (http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/analysis_how-to-wipe- out-islamic-terror_1566203-
India that is Bharat that is Hindustan is a nation of Hindus and others whose ancestors were Hindus. Others, who refuse to acknowledge this, or those foreigners who become Indian citizens by registration, can remain in India but should not have voting rights (which means they cannot be elected representatives).
How is, ‘accepting the ancestry’ be same as ‘acknowledge the supremacy’? How can someone teaching in Harvard twist the point so poorly. This cannot but be a deliberate distortion.
c) Let us take how Harvard conducted itself in similar such past incidents. In March 2002, Dr. Alan Dershowitz published an article in ‘The Jerusalem Post’, entitled ‘New Response to Palestinian Terrorism”, where he write that in response to terrorism from Palestine, after due notice, Israel should bulldoze all of the buildings in the village. In spite of major protests, Harvard stood by Dr Alan’s right to free speech. Is there anything in Dr. Swamy’s article close to this? Is it because he is a brown person, he can treated this manner so unceremoniously? Is this not a blatant case of racism? ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Dershowitz )
Note: Those who are reacting to Dr. Swamy article has little knowledge of India’s history or chose to ignore it and posing themselves as Human Rights activists. India is facing relentless home grown terrorism that just between 2004 to 2008 the number of terror victims and incidents is next to war torn Iraq (http://www.slideshare.net/truthaboutsoniagandhi/sonia-and-terrorism ). Security agencies have extreme difficulty apprehending the culprits because they are harbored by the Muslim community. The tragedy is even after more 3400 deaths, India did not catch a single terrorist!! This is compounded by the vote bank politics in India. According to famous American historian, Will Durant, the period of Islamic Conquest as the ‘bloodiest story in the history of mankind’ (http://opposemosqueatgroundzero.wordpress.com/911-sioa-rally/) where according to some estimates 80 million perished and hundreds of thousands of temples demolished.
d) Dr. Swamy is close to his two daughters and one of his two daughters is married to an Indian Muslim and from what we learnt they live in same house. In Aug 1987 Dr. Swamy undertook a fast unto death (http://www.pucl.org/Topics/Human-rights/2006/hashimpura.html) to demand inquiry into illegal killing of Muslim youth by Police. It is travesty of justice to call him anti-Muslim and shows the bigotry of those in Harvard who supported this action.
e) Has those who took this decision look at the context of this article? ‘Article 370 abrogation, restoration of temples that were demolished during Islamic rule’ are being debated for many decades in India from all sides. Dr. Swamy has every right to express his views as Indian citizen.
f) What Dr. Swamy wrote about is about events in India and his views are published in India. It is not about economy. How can this be of concern to Harvard? Let us say, if tomorrow a Harvard scholar expresses some views on any topic, would it be appropriate to persecute that person in India.
g) Dr. Swamy is the unparalleled champion of India today fighting the corruption against enormous odds risking both his and his family’s lives. Freeing India from corruption is paramount to even US interests. For e.g. a recent multi-billion dollar defence deal that is mired in controversy is estimated to cause loss of 22,000 high tech jobs in US. US laws does not allow for paying bribes and US is believed to lost the contract because of these restrictions. It is so shameful that Harvard chose to take such unfair action at such a time hurting interests of both nations.
h) Many times it has become a habit of some left minded faculty members labeling those who express their protest as fanatics and fundamentalists. This will do no good just as it would if Harvard is categorized as bigoted and racist. We need to view this together dispassionately.
As mentioned, there is indignation and deeply hurt feelings pertaining to this action of Harvard. It does not help if administration is not involved in this action, because if mistakes are committed anywhere, administration has responsibility to repair. We have to ensure this does not happen again. We sincerely hope you will take corrective actions immediately.