Once again the hypocrisy of Indian Media has been Exposed. While the news of Protests by the alumni of Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) over the invitation extended to Prime Minister Narendra Modi became headlines, the news of demand for inviting the PM and Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani as “chief guests” at the annual convocation of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is not given its due coverage. Students, teaching and non-teaching staff and members of the AMU alumni association have started a campaign in support of inviting Modi and Irani for the convocation, which will be held in March next year.
This comes barely three months after the varsity’s Vice Chancellor, Zameer Uddin Shah, had pulled put of an event organised by Modi’s close aide Zafar Sareshwala in Bihar after Shah’s proposed presence at the event “became a talking point on the (AMU) campus” with both students and teachers raising their objection. This time, however, the campaign is “very clear on this front”. “
“If Irani comes to the campus, we can explain our problem and she can solve it,” the student said, even as several others — Abdul Khaliq Kamil, a research scholar in Arabic; Shahid Ahmed, a student of MCom — echoed the sentiment while confirming that they have joined the campaign and recorded their messages. Traditionally, chief guests at AMU, if they are part of the government, often announce assistance and new projects for the campus.
The varsity’s alumni, meanwhile, have started their own campaign, with members exchanging emails among each other garnering support for the invitation to Modi and Irani, “We will impress Modi by traditional welcome and he will be able to closely understand Muslim culture in a better way. His presence at the AMU will send more than one positive message silencing those who are against its historic tradition and culture.
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