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Muslim leaders advocate national campaign for AMU minority status, quota

Thursday February 02, 2012 10:43:22 PM, Special Correspondent

Aligarh: 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 2014.

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.


He urged the government to provide reservation to Muslims proportionate to their population.


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.


He 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 Deoband.


Maulana Atiq Qadri of Badaun said that strengthening Aligarh Muslim University is equal to strengthening the Muslim community.


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.







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