The Wharton affair (or the Right to Bad Manners)

The right to speak freely implies no corresponding obligation for someone else to give you a platform to exercise that freedom

Vivek Dehejia & Karuna Nundy

The circumstances of Mr Modi's invitation by a students' association at the University of Pennsylvania's business school, and subsequent un-ceremonious un-invitation following protests, are well known. What is less clear is the correct interpretation of what happened. Mr Modi's supporters, and even some who don't support him, have cried foul. Notably, Wall Street Journal columnist Sadanand Dhume, explaining why he withdrew from the conference, called the decision "the intellectual equivalent of an eviction notice". That it's impolite to first invite, ...