Aligarh. The decision to invite a minister in Yogi Adityanath government of Uttar Pradesh to the 200th bicentenary celebrations of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan by the Aligarh Muslim University administration has left the students on the campus incensed.
The students have alleged that they were kept in the dark over the invitations extended to BJP Aligarh District President Devraj Singh and Sandeep Kumar Singh, a MoS in UP government and the MLA from Athrauli. Sandeep is the son of Etah MP Rajveer Singh and the grandson of Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh.
Both current and former students of the university have launched an intense campaign asking for explanation from the new Vice Chancellor, Tariq Mansoor. This was after the university administration invited the BJP’s leaders.
One message being fervently shared on WhatsApp particularly among the AMU alumni groups says, “Shameful, Pitiable and Disgusting – chief architect of Babri Masjid demolition Kalyan Singh’s grandson (an unknown entity even within BJP) given guest of honour status at AMU’s most revered function, the Sir Syed Day. AMU could not have got a more spineless coward Vice Chancellor. God save AMU. (sic)”
The students on the campus, meanwhile, have issued ultimatum to VC Mansoor asking him to issue clarification on the invite given to Singh within 24 hours.
Suspecting that the invite to Singh under pressure from the BJP government, the students wrote to the administration, “Please state if the administration received a Fax from the government (via the Proctor) to invite them (BJP MLAs) and please make the Fax public if that is the case.”
The students are also angry because a group of ABVP workers had recently disrupted a similar programme held in Delhi University while calling the AMU founder an anti-national who allegedly supported the two-nation theory. ABVP is the student wing of the RSS.
Input From JKR