New Delhi, Sept 15: The US intellectuals opposing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Digital India programme have crossed the Laxman Rekha, said academic and writer Madhu Kishwar while addressing a press conference here on Tuesday.
More 100 academics from various universities in US have warned tech giants from Silicon Valley of the risks of doing business with Indian government led by PM Modi.
The group of US academics many of them Indians have urged Silicon Valley profession that they should not respond to PM Modi's appeal of investments in India.
"PM Modi is going to Silicon Valley to seek investments to digitalise India, said Kishwar.
According to academics the Digital India programme is likely to be used by the Indian government for dubious purposes such as snooping on citizens, surveillance etc.
"They are welcome to attack PM Modi. They are welcome to hate him but facts should not be distorted," added Kishwar.
"The faculty statement concerning Prime Minister Modi's alleged culpability for the tragic events of 2002 Godhra riots in Gujarat is even more of disgrace," said a statement issued by her.
"It is a belaboured and questionable effort to throw mud on him as a person," added the statement.
"The canard of his alleged responsibility for the communal rioting in Gujarat has been comprehensively debunked by the SIT appointed and intensively monitored by the Supreme Court of India at a time when Narendra Modi was not the prime minister."
"It reflects their scant regard for judicial process of India. It seems as if they are determined to pursue a vengeful agenda against a democratically elected prime minister of India even it seriously harms the interest of the people of India,"said the statement issued by Kishwar.