A galaxy of Muslim leaders who participated in a national
convention organised by the Aligarh Muslim University Students’
Union (AMUSU) February 02, assured the Students’ Union of their
full cooperation in pursuance of the two issues and emphasized the
need for initiating a national movement for achieving the goal.
Noted advocate and AMU alumnus, Zafaryab Jeelani said that the
Aligarh Muslim University should persuade the Supreme court of
India to decide the case related to the minority character of the
University pending for a long time.
The convention on “Muslim
Reservation and Restoration of AMU Minority Character” was
orgainsed in the Kennedy Auditorium of AMU.
Jeelani said that minority
character of the University was snatched away in 1965 and a mass
movement was initiated by our community leaders and old boys to
get it restored.
Referring to the Muslim reservation, Jeelani said that the
political parties have recognized it as a vital issue and this is
why it has become an important agenda in the current assembly
elections in Uttar Pradesh.
He advised that the AMUSU should
initiate a mass movement so that these issues gain proper
attention and resolved by the next parliamentary elections in
Syed Sharique Ahmad, President, AMUSU, while welcoming the
guests highlighted the plight of Muslims in India.
He said that
Muslims are discriminated in every walk of public life.
the government to provide reservation to Muslims proportionate to
He said that the government’s decision to give
4.5 percent reservation to Muslims, however, is a good initiative
but the community needs more for its overall development to come
up parallel to their fellow citizens.
Ahmad demanded that the recommendations of various committees
and commissions on minority issues should immediately be
implemented and government should provide more funds to AMU for
implementing welfare and developmental programmes effectively.
urged the representatives of various Muslim organizations and
institutions to extend support to its fight for the restoration of
minority character of AMU.
Mufti Rashid Azami of Deoband assured that any voice for Muslim
upliftment rising from AMU will receive a profound support from
Maulana Atiq Qadri of Badaun said that strengthening
Aligarh Muslim University is equal to strengthening the Muslim
Maulana Ejaz Aslam, Secretary, Jamat-e-Islami Hind said
that the Sachar Committee report has categorically made it clear
that Muslims have been pushed to the corners and the great
principles of equality, fraternity and brotherhood enshrined in
the Indian Constitution have miserably failed.
He said that the
justice loving people constitute the largest part of Indian
populace and Muslims will also get justice sooner or later. He
said that Indian media works on fair principles by and large.
Chaudhary Sibghatullah, Secretary, Jamiatul Ulema Hind of West
Bengal, Maulana Asghar Ali Salfi, General Secretary, Jamiat
Ahl-e-Hadith, Mufti Sanaul Huda of Amarat-e-Shariah Orissa and
Bihar, Maulana Anis Islahi, President, Madrasatul Islah (Azamgarh)
and eminent Shia scholar, Maulana Shahid Husain Misam also
addressed the programme.
Eminent scholar Farrukh Jalali said that this institution was
established by Sir Syed for Muslims and AMU should be run on the
principles laid down by the founder.