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Statement concerning the Global Goalkeeper Award

last modified Sep 27, 2019 04:09 PM
Statement concerning the Global Goalkeeper Award to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi

Cambridge, 24 September 2019.


Gates Cambridge scholars have condemned the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s decision to present the Global Goalkeeper Award to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. In a letter, signed by more than 100 Gates scholars and alumni, they have highlighted that the decision ignores the violation of human rights under Modi-led regime in India. This is particularly significant at this point in time, given the current climate of violence, and fear in certain regions of India. We unequivovally support the Gates Scholars' letter and their drive for greater self-determination, safeguarding of human rights and liberty of the individual. We also wholeheartedly support the stand against the persecution of minorities in India.

Therefore, on the above-mentioned grounds, we support the Gates Scholars’ letter. Given the large number of signatures by postgraduate students, and us sharing their sentiment on the highlighted points, we would like to represent the full support of our officers and members of the executive committee for this. The award must be revoked by the Bill and Melinda Gates' Foundation.

We will further discuss possible plans and actions with the Graduate Union executive committee, as well as with Cambridge postgraduate and mature students in the next weeks.


Best regards,


Alessandro Ceccarelli,

President and Chair,

Graduate Union 

Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar,

Chair of Exec Committee,

Graduate Union

and members of the Cambridge University Graduate Union Executive Committee

 This statement was amended on 26/09/19 for clarity.