Protests grow at AMU over Jinnah portrait controversy

ThePrint Essential       Not just AMU these bits of Jinnah’s legacy have also faced ire in modern India
       
       	        Priyamvada Grover         4 May 2018

Nearly seven decades after his death, Pakistan's founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah continues to spark controversies over a portrait of him hanging on Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) wall. He also said that Indian leaders' posters will not be found anywhere in Pakistan, so why should India hang portraits of Pakistan' leaders.

The former Uttar Pradesh minister claimed that the Bombay High Court museum, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also has a portrait of the Pakistan founder.

Newly elected MP from Gorakhpur Praveen Kumar Nishad has said that Mohammad Ali Jinnah also contribute to India's freedom struggle just like Mahatma Gandhi or Jawaharlal Nehru.

The BJP and the RSS are targeting minority institutions, the RLD national general secretary said at a meeting of a minority body.

The administration on Friday suspended internet services in the communally sensitive place to prevent the rumour mongering. "It is unfortunate that certain people are standing by the side of a person (Muhammad Ali Jinnah) who was responsible for the division of this country", Trivedi was quoted as saying by ANI.

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"We strongly and unequivocally condemn the biased attitude of the police force, the supposed to be protectors of the society and demand immediate action according to the law of the land against the perpetrators/ conspirators of this unfortunate and unwarranted incident", he added.

Violence broke out at the university campus when outsider barged in and demanded that the portrait of Jinnah be removed from the students' union office.

The students union's demands include the suspension of the Station House Officer of Aligarh's Civil Lines Police Station, and a magisterial inquiry into BJP MP Satish Gautam. They said members of certain outfits entered the campus and disrupted the peaceful academic environment there.

Giving it a political angle, the opposition Congress accused the BJP of doing "dirty politics of sensationalism, divisiveness, polarisation" and said this needed to be condemned.

Twenty-eight students were injured in a lathi charge by the police.

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