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Habib Calculative and Focussed as Ever: Saviours Stirred
Sunday December 15, 2013 11:51 PM, Prof. Ziauddin Ahmad, Prof. Zainus Sajuddin and others

For no apparent reasons (may be in line with Modi wave), the eminent historian has stirred the dormant, indifferent and not so well intended, so-called well-wishers, ex-students and one-time petty leaders into action. They have criticized Habib for his 'un-warranted' averment but without demolishing his argument point by point (their sheer ignorance and lack of genuine interest in the welfare of AMU). It is really a God-sent opportunity to feign concern for AMU, a lip service, they are only worthy of; several press statements with prominent photos have already appeared in the vernacular press, overnight, of no real avail.

The long unjustified and disturbing silence maintained by these Saviours during the darkest days of Abdul Azis, is at last broken, signaling their existence. Severe if not irreparable damages have been caused to AMU through determined and well thought-out Govt. designs (fulfilled due to tacit connivance of Azis): put restoration of Minority Status in cold storage (depriving of reservation) (SLP in S.C. pending since 2006 and no action taken, for an early settlement) with simultaneous introduction of All India Entrance Tests in all courses so as to take away admissions from us completely; creation of legally untenable, unproductive, un-manageable and anti-University AMU Centres to befool Muslims for electoral gains; rampant corruption and complete collapse of the cherished system and traditions.

And these sleeping cells, the saviours of AMU, looked the other way and practically did nothing to arrest the dangerous trends. Few teachers in the name of AMUTA, retired teachers and old boys, who can be counted on finger tips, came in the open and challenged the evil and the treacherous Govt. Even, the traditional Student Union leaders betrayed: they confined these issues to manifestos to impress the common students and no more.

Anyway, are these saviours now prepared to come in the open to take up the cause of the Alma Mater full throttle?

The following information may serve the purpose to understand the issues and they do not get misled:

1. The Minority Status (M.S.) to AMU was approved by the Parliament in 1981. Now it is only the question of its restoration by the Supreme Court/by Parliament through new amendments.

2. University continues to enjoy the M.S. even after the verdict of the H.C. as the S.C. stayed the H.C. order. However, restriction on reservation continues.

3. Govt. is constitutionally bound to assist Minority Institutions financially (AMU is 100% funded) and exercise reasonable control.

4. We do have external and internal quotas but it has nothing to do with M.S. Court may strike it down is another matter (Habib seems to have purposely pointed this).

5. Even the S.C. in its historical Judgment allowed 50% reservation in Minority Institutions, thus leaving 50% for others. The fears of Habib are unfounded.

6. University and Govt. has filed SLP before the S.C. in 2006 against the H.C. verdict but no discernible action has been taken to expedite the matter by either, willfully.

7. No attempt from any quarter including the University was made to expedite the matter in Court except the feeble exercise by AMUTA in early 2012.

All said and done, all fears and apprehensions expressed by Habib are imaginary, unfounded, deliberate and unworthy of the tallness he enjoys outside the AMU Campus.

Finally, hoping against hope that the well wishers in the Community and outside would find time to take serious note of the threat AMU faces to-day from the Govt. and from our own.

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