Global Hindus for Peace and Tolerance Applaud Dr. S. P. Kothari

Global Hindus for Peace and Tolerance Applaud Dr. S. P. Kothari

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On September 7th, 2018 Professor S.P. Kothari, MIT Sloan School of Management, delivered a message of tolerance, inclusiveness, and mutual respect to the thousands of attendees at the World Hindu Congress 2018 held in Chicago. The message awakened a great sense of humanitarian brotherhood in the minds of the listeners. His clarion call for Tolerance and Service was directed towards citizens of all faiths and nationalities, not just Hindus and Indians.  The World Hindu Congress is intended to be a welcoming and all-inclusive avenue to celebrate the global Hindu community and it is a peaceful and celebratory event.

The attendees that included dignitaries from near and far, academics, entrepreneurs, and delegates, men and women, all applauded Professor Kothari. Among the notable attendees were Grammy nominated artist and business woman and member of the board of directors of Lincoln Center of Performing Arts, Smt Chandrika Tandon, The Vice President Of Suriname, Ashwin Adhin, Head Of Namdhari Sikh tradition Sadguru Dalip Singh, Head Of ISKCON Bangalore, Sri Madhu Pandit, Technology entrepreneur, Mr. Mukesh Chatter, Prof Subhash Kak from Oklahoma State University, Historian and Archaeologist Mr Bhushan Nagaswami, Professor of Economics and ex Vice Chairman Of India’s Niti Aayog, Prof Arvind Panagaria, Former Chairman Of London Chamber Of Commerce Mr, Subhash Thakrar, Wadhwani Chair in US-India Policy Studies, Mr. Richard Rossow,  and many others.

The WHC 2018 delegates were surprised and saddened to witness several protesters who attempted to interrupt the proceedings. They have misread and misjudged WHC's mission of a tolerant and inclusive Hindu awakening. The protesters have engaged in a Twitter campaign falsely accusing the WHC of harboring a divisive and sectarian agenda directed especially toward religious minorities in India. This not only mischaracterizes the WHC's mission, but in fact such topics were not on the WHC agenda.

Professor Kothari and some other speakers over the past several weeks have been subjected to a campaign by the protesters to withdraw their participation in the WHC. The participation was being portrayed as their endorsement of a divisive, sectarian, and anti-minority agenda of the WHC. Professor Kothari rejected the protesters' characterization and instead preached inclusiveness, tolerance and mutual respect.

The signatories of this petition applaud Professor Kothari for his hopeful message of tolerance and harmony. We also extend gratitude and appreciation on behalf of the attendees of the WHC 2018 and global Hindu Community.

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