Right Wing backed Violence at AMU over Jinnah Portrait in Campus

ALIGARH: Atleast 15-20 Right Wing activists marched into the Campus of Aligarh Muslim University in a bid to attack Ex Vice President, Shri Hamid Ansari, who was on his visit to the University and to pull down the portrait of Pakistan founder and freedom fighter Muhammad Ali Jinnah, which was placed in the office of AMU Students Union.

The Right Wing Activists as usual, resorted to violence over a frivolous motive which is said to have been instigated by Aligarh MP, Satish Gautam. Students were badly injured, the Rapid Action Force released tear gas bombs creating a very serious and harmful environment in the campus.

On Monday, Satish Gautam, the BJP lawmaker from Aligarh, wrote to university vice-chancellor Tariq Mansoor, asking why the portrait was allowed. AMU spokesman Shafey Kidwai responded that Jinnah was a founder of the university and was granted life membership of the student union.

Mansoor said, “Traditionally, photographs of all life members are placed on the walls of the student union,” he told news agency Press Trust of India. “Jinnah was accorded life membership of the AMU students’ union in 1938. He was the founder member of the University Court in 1920 and also a donor.”

Satish Gautam with his saffron colored ideology definitely needs to understand that hanging a portrait of Muhammad Ali Jinnah does not mean anything nasty. Rather it should be taken positively as a mark of respect that the AMUSU has shown towards a great leader despite the rough patches between the 2 countries.