After successfully fighting for Jamia Millia Islamia's minority
character, Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid now pitches
for the minority character of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), a
demand sought by the Muslims in India since last many years.
University and Jamia Millia Islamia were both born with the
minority character and all the government can do is to recognize,
respect and acknowledge it”, he said while delivering Dr.
Ambedkar Memorial Lecture 2010-2011 at AMU March 12.
Khurshid delivered the lecture on “Constitution as
an Instrument of Change” at the Kennedy Auditorium at Aligarh
Muslim University (AMU), which was organized by Dr. Ambedkar Chair
of Legal Studies and Research, Department of Law on the initiative of Dr. Ambedkar Foundation, Ministry
of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India.
"There would not be any need of secularism
if there is no minority in India", Khurshid said adding, "India is the only country in the world where there is no
reservation for the minorities."
Making a special reference to
the Ayodhya verdict, he observed that religious sentiments can be a
context and not the basis of any Supreme Court Judgment.
Earlier, while delivering presidential remarks, AMU Vice
Chancellor, Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis said that entire nation is a
witness to the great history of law education at the Aligarh
He said that AMU has opened two more law
schools in West Bengal and Kerala and very soon it would become
the largest contributor to the legal education in India.
Dr. Ambedkar Chair was setup
in the Faculty of Law in 1991 as part of centenary celebrations of
Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar to study and conduct research in allocated
areas especially human rights, social justice, gender justice,
women and law, development of SC, ST, minorities and weaker
section of the society.