Not defending Mohammad Ali Jinnah or his portrait, AMU students write to President Ram Nath Kovind
LUCKNOW: The Aligarh Muslim College College students Union (AMUSU) on Saturday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind, urging his intervention to finish the controversy over Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait on the college campus.
“We’d once more wish to make it very clear that the scholars of Aligarh Muslim College are by no means defending Mohammad Ali Jinnah or his portrait,” AMUSU president Maskoor Ahmad Usmani mentioned.
Of their letter to Kovind, the scholars alleged that no passable motion has been taken by the Uttar Pradesh authorities but. In addition they mentioned that the Aligarh district administration was but to behave in opposition to those that trespassed into the campus and indulged in acts of violence on Could 2.
AMUSU leaders warned they’d intensify their stir and begin a relay starvation strike if their calls for usually are not met. They’re additionally demanding motion in opposition to the law enforcement officials liable for lathicharge on college students on Could 2.
AMUSU leaders, together with Usmani, sought an appointment with Kovind over the problem. Final week, the varsity examinations have been additionally deferred because of the problem.
“Now we have excessive regard for the president and we hope his immediate intervention will guarantee justice and truthful play on this important problem which we’re presently going through,” Usmani mentioned.
He mentioned an analogous letter has additionally been despatched to Union Human Assets Improvement Minister Prakash Javadekar.
“We are actually eagerly awaiting the response to our letters which have been despatched three days again,” he mentioned.
College students of the college have been agitating for almost two weeks, demanding motion in opposition to the right-wing protesters, who entered the campus and demanded the removing of Jinnah’s portrait from the scholar union’s workplace. The row began after native BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote to AMU, elevating objections to the portrait.
The BJP has additionally hit out at those that opposed the decision to take away Jinnah’s portrait in AMU, saying these standing with Jinnah additionally stood for terrorist Afzal Guru. BJP spokesperson Sudanshu Trivedi mentioned that those that are standing for Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah additionally stood for terrorists like Afzal Guru.
Here is the total textual content of the letter:
ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ UNION
ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY
As you’d be effectively conscious of the current developments in Aligarh, primarily in Aligarh Muslim College of how now we have been protesting since 2nd of Could on the varsity’s most important gate Bab-eSyed. It’s the tenth day of our protest and we’d wish to convey you that former Vice President Janab Hamid Ansari Sahab has written a letter to us wherein he has raised some severe questions on the disruption of the occasion he was supposed to talk in, the exact timing of the disruption and the justifications manufactured for justifying it.
All these questions which are put up by the previous Vice President solely show our declare that there was a breach in his safety and that right-wing teams specifically Hindu Jagaran Manch, Hindu Yuva Vahini, and Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad tried to assault him (Mr. Ansari) on 2nd of Could. Now we have been saying this for the reason that day of the incident however sadly, so our declare was both repeatedly denied by sure media organizations or was utterly ignored.
The problem of Jinnah’s portrait was a hoax manufactured by some in media who had vested pursuits together with the ruling get together within the middle. We’d once more wish to make it very clear that the scholars of Aligarh Muslim College are by no means defending Mohammad Ali Jinnah or his portrait. It have to be clear to all people that AMU being a central college of nationwide significance just isn’t run by right-wing organizations like ABVP or Hindu Yuva Vahini. If the portrait must be eliminated, it have to be eliminated by the instructions of the federal government of India, and the federal government should formulate a coverage for removing of all such portraits, statues, and symbols. Till any such course by the federal government, the portrait shall stay untouched. What must be accomplished with the portrait is upon the federal government and college administration to determine and never by the goons who tried to assault our former Vice President Hamid Ansari.
That being mentioned, we’d like to attract your consideration in direction of the continuing protest on the college campus. The scholars are nonetheless protesting in opposition to the right-wing teams who tried to assault former Vice President Hamid Ansari, and in addition in opposition to the district administration of Aligarh who brutally attacked the scholars of AMU for registering their protest peacefully. We’re additionally enclosing the letter despatched by Janab Dr. Hamid Ansari Sahab. Pricey buddies in Media,
Regards, Maskoor Ahmad Usmani
(With inputs from PTI)