Agra, May 1: A BJP MP has written to the Aligarh Muslim University authorities, asking why a photo of Muhammad Ali Jinnah was still on display at the varsity. Aligarh MP Satish Gautam has addressed his query to AMU Vice-Chancellor Tariq Mansoor. A report in The Times of India says that while Gautam admitted he didn’t know where the photo was on display, he had questioned its presence on the campus. He said there was no justification for displaying a photo of the man who was responsible for the creation of Pakistan. “If they really want to put pictures, they should display photos of great men like Mahendra Pratap Singh who donated land for this institution,” he said.
Former president of Aligarh Muslim University Students Union (AMUSU) Faizul Hassan said there was no programme or chapter being taught at the varsity and that the photo had been there since 1938, much before the Partition. Questioning why Jinnah’s photo had not been removed from Parliament, Hassan said if the Government came out with an order for the removal of the photo from AMU, corrective measures would be taken. Current AMUSU president Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani said, “Jinnah was a hero of undivided India”. He said Jinnah’s photo was there as he had been given the lifetime membership of the body before Independence. He said that Gautam should have written to the AMUSU as the photo was on display at the AMUSU hall. “We would have given a befitting reply to him,” he said. Member in charge of AMU public relations Shafey Kidwai said AMUSU was an independent body and that it started giving life memberships in 1920.
The university has made news for all the wrong reasons lately. Early this year, an AMU research scholar joined Hizbul Mujahideen, forcing police to raid the varsity premises.