The portrait of Founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Aligarh Muslim University campus has sparked a major controversy in rival neighbours. The protests initiated after BJP’s (Bharatiya Janata Party) MP from Aligarh Satish Gautam wrote to Tariq Mansoor, varsity’s Vice Chancellor demanding an explanation for the presence of Jinnah’s portrait. In his letter, the BJP leader questioned the ‘compulsion’. He said that he isn’t sure where the picture is displayed, but he wants to know why it is still present there after the creation of Pakistan.
He said that after university’s role in 1947 independence in galvanizing the students, it rather presents an anti-nationalist stance. He further that if the university really wants to honour someone and put up their portrait, they should consider great people like Mahendra Pratap Singh, who donated the land for the university.
Reacting to it, AMUSU president Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani said that the portrait is there since 1938. He added that Jinnah was honoured with a lifetime membership of the student union before 1947.
President of Muslim Political Council of India, TA Rehmani, defended the portrait, saying:
“It is with the university what portrait should be displayed and what should be taught to students. The university should take a decision regarding this”
Backed by Satish Gautam, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy also criticized the presence saying there is no need. He said that the university works as an independent body, without any political intervention but is still getting money from the government and is liable to abide by the rules.
“We have removed all British viceroys’ photos from Rashtrapati Bhavan, removed statues… names of roads like Aurangzeb have been renamed’’ – he said talking to Times.
Also See: Abdus Salam Controversy
— Republic (@republic) May 4, 2018
No one screwed India more than Nehru & G . Partition was on the basis of religion
Pakistan for Muslims
Hindustan for Hindus
Stalwarts like Dr Ambedkar wanted all Muslims in India to be deported to Pakistan as per terms of partition . #JinnahControversy
— Chowkidar Madhav 🇮🇳 (@mahesh10816) May 4, 2018
Its shameful to see students are protesting for Jinnah who was a Butcher… Once again there are Azadi and Anti Indian sloganeering in AMU, now we know who is behind this protest? #JinnahControversy
— Warrior Princess👸 मइलो मेघा (@MyloMegha) May 4, 2018
Kick out all the students shouting anti India slogans from the university and change its name to Aligarh University #JinnahControversy let’s have no university in a community name across the country which divides the Nation
— Chowkidar Balbir Singh (@balbir59) May 4, 2018
#JinnahControversy | Jinnah was more secular than Nehru, he was the son of India: Atiq ur Rehman- Researcher, Islamic Studies
— Republic (@republic) May 4, 2018
Will Jinnah decide the future of Politics in 2019?
Channels taking BJP agenda forward!
— अशोक भारती (@DalitOnLine) May 3, 2018
Modi YOU AND YOUR GOVERNMENT must be ashamed about Ali garh university scandal on disappearing THE ALL TIME GREAT LEADER MUHAMMAD ALI JINNAH
— Ali Shah (@AliShah94268378) May 4, 2018
Media isnt showng dat this was a preplaned attack on an institutn #AligarhUniversity
sme people those are dong politics on this mater thy want only politics thy don't love Muslims neither Hindus in my opinion humanty is big thn any religion.I've proud to Muslim and also an indian
— Rafiq_Siddiqui (@RafiqSiddiqui14) May 3, 2018
Be-Waqoof, Inteha-Pasand dono taraf ek jaisy he hein,
Pakistam mein Dr. Sb,. se mansoob Q U Islamabad Department ka naam change kar dya, aor India men Ali Garh University se Quaid-e-Azam (Jinnah) ki tasweer utrwa de gai, so sad,
— Arif Shahzad (@ArifShahzad10) May 4, 2018
Ironically the incident has occurred parallel to Abdus Salam controversy in Pakistan, causing a reaction and protests on both sides of the border. The reasons might be different but the question is the jinsame – do we really need another enemy?
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