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Adani Group Withdraws Wharton Event Sponsorship
Wharton's decision to cancel Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's keynote address today triggered strong reactions from his well-wishers with Shiv Sena leader Suresh Prabhu opting out of the programme and the Adani Group withdrawing its sponsorship.

The Adani Group, which has a big presence in Gujarat and is reportedly close to Modi, promptly withdrew its sponsorship of the Wharton India Economic Forum, which is organising the programme. Group Chairman Gautam Adani has also decided not to participate in the programme.

"Mr Adani had conveyed his inability to join Wharton India Economic Forum long back as he has other pressing commitments," a group spokesperson said here today.

"Our participation at the event is just by way of sponsorship," he said.

The prestigious Wharton School yesterday cancelled the keynote address of Gujarat Chief Minister following uproar from a section of university professors and students.

The Forum, an annual India-centric conference, is hosted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Modi had been invited to deliver the keynote address at the Forum to be held in Philadelphia on March 22-23 via video-conference, and Adani group was the platinum sponsor of the event.

Post 2002 Godhra riots, Gujarat CM has been denied US visa, but recently US-India Business Council had participated in the state's biennial event Vibrant Gujarat Summit-2013 in January.

Earlier in the day, former Union Minister and Shiv Sena leader Suresh Prabhu had said he was calling off his visit to Wharton in protest against cancellation of Modi's address.

"It was Wharton which invited him. Modi did not ask that he be invited. And if you are calling off the invite, I think it is not only an insult of the Gujarat Chief Minister but of the entire country," Prabhu said.

On the reason for cancelling the Wharton visit, Prabhu said, "I find this (Wharton snub to Modi) a ridiculous decision. Modi did not ask that he be invited. He is a democratically elected leader, a three-term CM. Modi is not someone who has been hoisted on somebody. He has been elected as representative of people in fairly conducted polls by the Election Commission."
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10/D-139
Mar 05, 2013
01:46 PM

> "The Adani Group, which has a big presence in Gujarat and is reportedly close to Modi, promptly withdrew its sponsorship of the Wharton India Economic Forum, which is organising the programme."

So Adnani, a Modi supporter who has made millions in Gujarat thanks to Modi's favours to his business, was a sponsor of Wharton India Economic Program. That explains why Modi was invited to speak in the first place!

Anwaar, Dallas
9/D-112
Mar 05, 2013
11:12 AM

 http://telegraphindia.com/1130305/jsp/nation/story_16634412.jsp#.UTVr2zB5bLs
The Adani group’s decision will not jeopardise the event as it has four other minor sponsors: Deutsche Bank, Colors, Hexaware Technologies and Incredible India, an Indian government arm. 
Why is an INDIAN GOVT ARM funding rich Wharton student body!??

bharat, delhi
8/D-104
Mar 05, 2013
10:17 AM

>>That Modi has shameful human rights violation records is without dispute.

It is without dispute only for agenda driven propagandists and their gullible followers

>>his is why none in US will allign themselves with Modi, howsoever great administrator and political leader he might be. No mattr the state has voted for him.

Right! The liberal and their todies were making such statements about UK and EU till recently. Now their last hope is the running dog of capitalism!

RSM, Delhi
7/D-47
Mar 05, 2013
07:40 AM

That Modi has shameful human rights violation records is without dispute. This is why none in US will allign themselves with Modi, howsoever great administrator and political leader he might be. No mattr the state has voted for him.

In post earthquake Gijarat Modi administration discriminated against the dalits in relief and rehabilitation. A number of British NGOs had pulled resources and sent to Gujarats for the dalits. Their representatives visited the Modiland and found out the state of affairs to their utter shock and dismay. Media never highlighted it.

Same was true about Jayalalita post Tsumani in Tamilnadu. She discriminated against the dalits in relief and rehabilitation of the underdogs.

And finally, the vikash purush of Bihar Nitish Kumar too belongs to the same anti-dalit camp of Modi and Jayaaaaaaaa. They too should be denied access to US ever at par with the Hindutwa fanatic and fascist.

Same was true about Jyoti Basu, late chief minister, West Bengal. That communist & fascist had launched genocide against the Bengali refugees, who were mostly, if not entirely Namasudras, formerly called Chandals, migrants from East Pakistan post 1947. Some ministers and responsible political leaders of the Jyoti Basu camp went to Dandakaranya where they were rehabilitated and encouraged them to come back to West Bengal. They believed them on their face value and came back to West Bengal. There they were cold shouldered.  Then they on their own efforts settled themselves in an island called Marichjhapi in the Bay of Bengal. The Communist chief minister felt annoyed even if  all the refugees were their party cadres and provided the basis for the rise of the communist movement. The government started abusing them and blaming them that they were trying to distabilizing the government in the state in collusion with foreign power, meaning Bangladesh.

I wish US denies vita to his colleague like Buddhadeb Bhattacharya who as minister ran the mallicious propaganda against the unfortunate chhotalok  refugees.

These are some of the human rights violators.

Adalit Speaks, NOIDA, UP
6/D-197
Mar 04, 2013
10:00 PM

More such cheap thrills more will common man hug Modi! Adani's and others much suck out  the vital resourse called money from such schools!

madhukar, hyd
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