The letter addressed to the Indian consulate said that for Indians in Germany it was “disheartening to see its speaker list include Tejaswi Surya, a highly provocative and communal politician
NEW DELHI — A section of Indian diaspora in Germany has appealed to the Consul General of India at Hamburg to bar controversial Indian MP Tejaswi Surya from speaking at an upcoming conference on Indian startups.
According to news website TwoCircles.net, Consul General of India is holding the “India Startup Conference 2020” on October 7 in partnership with GloMan Consulting GmbH to promote startups and support ongoing economic relations between Hamburg and India.
The letter addressed to the Indian consulate said that for Indians in Germany it was “disheartening to see its speaker list include Tejaswi Surya, a highly provocative and communal politician from Bangalore, seasoned by the RSS.”
They cited his comments on secularism which read: “This is a new India we are creating….Your namby-pamby secularism that you people have built so far will not work anymore.”
Taking exception to the decision to invite Tejaswi Surya at the event, the letter said Surya was “a highly polarising figure from Indian politics”. They said he could not be an “eminent guest” in an event that was “actually inclusive in nature for Indians of all faith”.
The letter pointed out Surya’s remarks about the Indian Muslim community during a pro-CAA rally. He had described Indian Muslims as “uneducated, illiterate, and puncture-wallahs who were against the CAA.”
“It is extremely concerning to see an official platform being given for such a controversial figure.”
The letter termed Surya’s political views as “abhorrent and dehumanising”. The letter said Surya’s views violated “European ethos of equality, diversity and inclusivity”. “His agenda stands in contravention to European responsibility under international law, most notably, UDHR, ICRD, ICCPR, EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Directive 2000/78/EC and COM(2008)462.”
By letting him participate, the letter said the conference will “achieve nothing but further division and right-wing radicalisation on the German soil.”
The letter sought support of all to oppose Surya being granted a platform in Germany by appealing to global citizens to join the call for boycotting Tejaswi Surya as a panel speaker at the startup conference by signing up at the link: