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Your Voice | A troubling level of discourse

(03/20/13 6:42am)

We, scholars of South Asia in the United States, have been appalled at the extent of vituperation and the insults leveled against three distinguished scholars because they wrote a letter opposing the decision of the organizers of the Wharton India Economic Forum to invite Narendra Modi as a keynote speaker. Dissent is a vital part of democracy, and it is deeply alarming when anyone who voices dissent is baited, condemned and mocked by those who disagree (including with a level of 1950s U.S.-style red-baiting we have not seen in a very long time).