The annual MIT-India conference has extended an invitation to Subramanian Swamy, an Indian politician and member of the ruling party (the BJP, Bharatiya Janata Party) who has a long history of making outrageous Islamophobic, homophobic and casteist statements.
A recent statement published in the MIT student newspaper explains his background and gives several examples of the ridiculous and outrageous things he has said: https://thetech.com/2019/02/09/swamy-mit-india
Although a petition has gained almost 2000 signatures calling for Swamy to be disinvited he is still attending the conference (https://www.change.org/p/mit-president-reif-disinvite-subramanian-swamy-an-islamophobe-and-a-casteist).
MIT should not be giving a platform people who openly despise and hate Muslims, LGBTQ and Dalits. We call on all progressive and democratic people in the Boston area to come out and oppose this!