IMO News Service
New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama e Hind (JUH), an influential Muslim organization, has asked the central government to review its stand it has taken about minority status of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) at New Delhi. While expressing concern over centre’s recent decision to reverse the UPA government’s stand of supporting the university in the apex court on minority issue, JUH general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani termed it a result of communally bent of mind of present ruling dispensation. “This attempt of the government reflects that it has no interest in forwarding the slogan sabka saath sabka vikaas.” Madani also stressed that the decision is against the constitution and therefore all right minded citizens of the county should come forward to oppose it.
Maulana Madani also raised a question as to why the government is keen for scrapping minority statues of these two educational institutions. He maintained that Aligarh Muslim University is a minority institution according to the University Act of 1981 and this provision was adopted by an act of Parliament. Likewise the commission constituted by an act of parliament NCM led by its former chairperson Wajahat Habibullah had upheld minority status to Jamia Millia Islamia a few years ago. Besides that, according to an article 29, 30 of the Constitution, the Aligarh Muslim university has been founded with an objective to promote education and culture of the Indian Muslims. The constitution gives freedom to the minority community for establishing their own educational and cultural institutions. Thus the government should not play anti-minority card and should revoke its decision for scrapping of minority status of AMU.
Maulana Madani also expressed hope that court will deliver its judgment in favor of the minority status. Maulana Madani added that it a glaring fact that AMU and JMI have been founded with sole objective of catering educational need of the minority, therefore questioning their status is nothing but narrow-thinking. “The government’s latest move regarding AMU will send wrong signal among the Muslim of the country.” Madani warned that if the centers’s decision for scrapping minority status of AMU remains unchanged Jamiat will launch protest movement against it.