In its latest dictate, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) administration, which has found the idea of removing Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait objectionable, has suspended an official for “felicitating” a Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) leader, the Indian Express ha reported.
The HJM leader, the university has alleged, was part of the “group of hooligans who shouted abuses and slurs against the University”.
“You were aware that the person (Mr Goswami) was part of the group of hooligans who shouted abuses and slurs against the University, students and staff on reaching Bab-e-Syed and you met him despite the situation in the campus. You have hurt the sentiments of the AMU fraternity, particularly students, who are sitting on a dharna demanding a probe in the matter,” the showcause notice read.
Issuing a show cause to the official, identified as weightlifting instructor Mazharul Qamar, the University said he had “hurt the sentiments of the AMU fraternity, particularly students, who are sitting on a dharna”.
Interestingly, AMU continues to refuse to remove Jinnah’s portrait despite multiple groups and individuals saying that its presence hurts their sentiments. Jinnah's name, these groups have claimed, is associated with partition and violence.
In his defence, the official has told the university administration that the organisers did not inform him about the HJM leader’s presence at the function.
“The university is not going to tolerate such actions. Qidwai will be given an opportunity to explain himself again when an inquiry will be conducted to decide on the future course of action,” University Public Relations in-charge Professor M Shafey Kidwai told the daily.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.