Harvard professor fired over column slams critics
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- An economics professor who was fired from Harvard University is hitting back at his critics.
Subramanian Swamy wrote a sharply worded column for a newspaper in India, where he is a conservative politician. The Boston Globe reports that many readers believed his proposals would deny basic rights for Muslims and incite riots.
About 40 Harvard professors called for his dismissal.
Harvard President Drew Faust defended Swamy's right to free speech and the Economics Department invited him back for another summer.
But he recently learned indirectly that his colleagues had fired him by eliminating his courses.
Swamy said those who fired him are leftists who have nothing to do with economics. He says there's no allegation he said anything offensive in his class or that his views affect his research.
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