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Aug 03, 2011
02:45 AM

Nobody has suggested banning Swamy or any other crackpot with a hate agenda. But they must be answered forcefully in words. An additional point that one can make is about editorial judgement. Freedom of expression does not mean that editors have to make space available for any hate piece that they find in their mailbox. I heard that the editor of DNA has been vey apologetic for publishing Swamy's diatribe, and has since then published two articles trashing Swamy's piece. One cannot imagine either the New York Times or the Guardian or the Times of India publishing Swamy's article. But the anti-Islamic hate blogger Pamela Geller has gladly published it in full!

Dallas, United States
Aug 03, 2011
02:53 AM

I followed the articles linked in the blog on the Swamy controversy. There were at least 7 or more articles in the two days after the Swamy article appeared. The paper's editor appeared on CNN-IBN in a discussion some days back and was not apologetic at all. He had no reason to be. He exercised his editorial judgment. One can differ with it. He pooh-poohed the objections of those like Dipankar Gupta that his editorial judgment was wrong or that he should not have published the article. One Kamal Faruqi representing the Muslim Personal Law Board appeared in the same discussion and made an utter fool of himself by suggesting that what those like Digvijay Singh were advocating (ie asking for an apology from the paper's editor) was right.

Ajit Tendulkar
Seattle, United States
Aug 03, 2011
07:39 AM

I too saw the CNNIBN discussion. Aditya Sinha, editor of DNA was not apologetic at all. He was seen smiling away at Kamal Faruki's assertions. Perhaps Anwaar can give a reference to Mr Sinha's apology.

The CNN IBN discussion referred above starts with a discussion where Swamy defends his article.

Chennai, India
Aug 03, 2011
07:45 AM

One cannot imagine either the New York Times or the Guardian or the Times of India publishing Swamy's article. But the anti-Islamic hate blogger Pamela Geller has gladly published it in full!

The Guardian is an unabashedly left wing paper. No wonder it has a tie up with The Hindu, which under N Ram is a couple of miles further left. The NY Times is a little more balanced. Who is Pamela Geller?

Chennai, India
Aug 03, 2011
09:10 AM

Let me say on the onset that I do not really appreciate Swamy's article for its tone and taste. There are many facts as well as many inflammatory remarks.

But going through this talk on CNN-IBN, I will say Deepankar Gupta came out as an ass :D ....... definitely a person full of "God Complex".
This article should not be published -> totally against the "freedom of speech" he (and like) tom-tom.
Better not file a case -> He knows it :)
There is no scope of academic debate, we should forget the past. No one is clean -> Thats the god complex. No need of academic debate, and no one is clean. Because you say so?
"Forget the past" make me think there is something he knows that he want to just hide. How about I propose closing down all history and archeology departments in every university around the world.
Not really sure why Deepankar has a good name in academic circle. I hope it is just that he is not a good speaker.

The DNA editor impressed me. A gentleman indeed. He did publish 7-8 articles rebutting the original. I think that is a fair amount. Isn't it?

Santosh Gairola
Hsinchu, Taiwan
Aug 03, 2011
12:40 PM

Banning Swamy the gadfly will be counterproductive. Are those who advocate banning him okay with banning Arundhati Roy or Zakir Naik? At least i know Kamal Faruki and apna Faruki's answer would be a resounding no!

Kiran Bagachi
mumbai, India
Aug 08, 2011
12:42 AM

Harvard is standing by Summer School instructor Subramanian Swamy in the aftermath of his op-ed controversy, admitting that the article he wrote is "distressing" to some but affirming its commitment to free speech principles.

In a statement, Division of Continuing Education spokesperson Linda A. Cross called the article "distressing" to many Harvard affiliates. "As an institution of research and teaching, we are dedicated to the proposition that all people, regardless of color or creed, deserve equal opportunities, equal respect, and equal protection,” Cross said. “Recent writings by Dr. Swamy therefore are distressing to many members of our community, and understandably so.”

"It is central to the mission of a university to protect free speech, including that of Dr. Swamy and of those who disagree with him,” Cross said in the statement. “We are ultimately stronger as a university when we maintain our commitment to the most basic freedoms that enable the robust exchange of ideas."

Dallas, United States
Aug 08, 2011
03:54 AM

I read the Harvard standing by Swamy last week in Outlook itself in the thread about Swamy. So why is an effort being made by the copy-paster in chief to make it seem as if it is some new revelation?

Ajit Tendulkar
Seattle, United States
Aug 08, 2011
06:13 AM

On July 31st, Harvard spokesman, Jeff A. Neal, released a statement that -- while noting the concern over Swamy's statements -- defended his free speech rights.

On August 6th, Division of Continuing Education spokesperson Linda A. Cross said "Harvard is standing by" Subramanian Swamy.

Dallas, United States
Aug 08, 2011
10:26 AM

Unidentified persons attack Swamy’s house, Janata Party head blames Cong

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
Aug 09, 2011
09:25 AM

Soli Sorabjee in The Indian Express (Remember the big picture) quoting from a SC judgement.

“Freedom of expression protects not merely ideas that are accepted but those that offend, shock or disturb the state or any sector of the population. Such are the demands of the pluralism, tolerance and broadmindedness without which there is no democratic society.”

Though Sorabjee was writing about calls to ban Aarakshan, the principle is the same.

Chennai, India
Aug 14, 2011
02:12 AM
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