Saturday, December 10, 2011

Harvard hits Swamy

Ever since Swamy became an MP in 1974 and during his successful Lok Sabha campaign from Mumbai North East during the Emergency, his association with Harvard was a unique selling proposition that he carefully cultivated and exploited.

In barring him from teaching at Harvard for “hate speech” against Muslims, Swamy lost his oldest constituency which this week belittled his association with that centre of academic excellence.

In an email to Indo-Eurasian researchers in the US which was obtained by this correspondent yesterday, Michael Witzel, Wales Professor of Sanskrit and Director of Graduate Studies at Harvard’s Department of South Asian Studies, called Swamy “insidious,” ridiculed him as “head of the minuscule Janata Party in India” and implied that his academic credentials were of little worth today.

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