Several Non Muslim AMU alumni including lawyers and activists have also denounced BJP for playing its communal agenda at AMU.
Ghazanfar Abbas | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — Braving heavy rain and storm on Sunday evening hundreds of AMU alumni held a protest demonstration against the saffron activists’ hooliganism and the police lathi charge on students on May 2nd at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) of Delhi state demanded a judicial probe into the whole matter along with withdrawal of FIR against common students of AMU and punishment for the actual culprits as per law.
Ahmad Siddique, a senior Alig said, “We are holding the a peaceful protest in favour of AMU students who were injured on 2nd May when some goons barged into the university and indulged in violence and have not been punished till now.”
Claiming that the miscreants had come with an intention to attack on Dr Hamid Ansari, AMUOBA’s General Secretary Irshad Ahmad said, “The goons of Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) must be arrested under NSA (National Security Act).”
“An independent judicial probe on the whole violence in AMU should be ordered and the FIRs lodged against the common students must be withdrawn,” he demanded.
Speaking to Caravan Daily, senior journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani said, “It is the part of politics in which RSS, VHP and BJP work under a game plan. It is easy to understand why it happened at a particular point of time. This attack is not just on AMU, JNU and HCU (referring such incidents in the past), this is an attack on the higher educational institutions and students’ community of India because educated youth is the biggest hurdle in the way of those who want to change India into Hindu Rashtra from a constitutional-secular democracy. We will have to come forward to save the constitution of India.”
On the role of media in diverting people’s attention from the real issue, she said, “Actually such media are the allies of those divisive forces of the establishment that want to divide this country.”
On 2nd May, scores of Hindu Yuva Vahini (a Right Wing outfit headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath) members had forcibly entered the AMU campus, allegedly carrying weapons and saffron flags.
Apparently they were agitated over the presence of a portrait of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan at the AMU Student Union’s office. The said portrait had been there for last 90 years (since 1938) as Jinnah is a lifetime member of the AMU court.
Later when students marched protesting against the incident and seeking arrest of the miscreants, police resorted to lathi-charge, leaving around a dozen students injured.
The incident took place after Aligarh BJP MP Satish Gautam wrote to AMU VC seeking an explanation about the display of Jinnah’s portrait at the varsity.
On the day of the incidence, former Vice President of India Dr Mohammad Hamid Ansari was present at the guest house of the varsity, where he was to attend a programme of the AMUSU.
Several Non Muslim AMU Alumni including lawyers and activists have denounced BJP for playing its communal agenda at AMU.
Protestors on Sunday made it clear that their issue was the violence by Hindu Yuva Vahini members and absence of legal action against them and not Jinnah’s portrait.
Supreme Court lawyer, Adv. Gyan Prakash said, “If any political leader had any issue with the portrait of Jinnah, they should have adopted legal procedure. They could have written to Ministry of HRD. I am against violence and condemn whatever happened at AMU that day. Police Lathi-charge on varsity’s students was wrong. And on the contrary, the FIR was registered against the students. That FIR must be withdrawn and the real culprits should be dealt with according to law.”
Condemning BJP, activist Vijay Pratap, said, “The ruling regime of BJP is working on an agenda to present Indian Muslims as anti national and make them secondary citizen. All Indians irrespective of their religious faith will stand against BJP’s agenda. The issue is not the portrait of Jinnah. We will not allow RSS and BJP to get successful in their agenda.”
Rubbishing the controversy created over Jinnah’s portrait several protesters said that the real issue was diverted to communalise the atmosphere.
“If Jinnah was the issue then why is there a picture of Jinnah along with Shyama Prasad Mukherjee (RSS ideologue) in the Parliament? Why did PM Narendra Modi himself inaugurated a museum in Bombay High Court (14th Februry, 2015) where a portrait of Jinnah is hanging?” asked Farhat Israr, an Aligarian.
Protester Akhlaq Amhad said, “The issue over Jinnah’s portrait has been created unnecessarily. They just wanted to communalise the atmosphere.”
Another protester said, “AMU community has no love for Jinnah as the thinking of Jinnah was same as that of RSS and BJP. All this was done by BJP for political gain in Karnataka elections. AMU is a symbol of unity among Indians. Its a symbol of their Ganga-Jamuni culture. They want to demolish it but we won’t allow this to happen.”
Students have been protesting at university’s main gate since the day one and on Saturday they announced to hold an indefinite hunger strike.