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“Democracy has been flourishing in the country but no political
party pays heed to the concept of internal democracy”, said Rahul
Gandhi, MP and General Secretary of the Congress while interacting
with the students at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
"Moreover", he said,
“Frequent nomination to the important posts instead of democratic
election is the testament of the fact."
Non-democratic structure of the political parties has
prevented common man from joining the politics and it has to be
changed, he added.
“The destiny of the country is shaped by the youth
hence they must fully participate in the political system of the
country. Nobody knows how to enter politics as there is no
well-defined procedure and path into politics has to be clear and
transparent”, Rahul Gandhi added.
Rahul Gandhi said no criminal and fundamentalist must
be given opportunity in political parties. Describing AMU as the
invaluable intellectual treasure of the country, Rahul Gandhi urged
the students not to be carried away by any consideration other than
The example of Dr. Manmohan Singh bears an eloquent
testimony to the fact, he added.
'Muslim can become
PM if he is capable'
Religion does not matter when it comes
to becoming the prime minister and a Muslim can get the top job
provided he is the most capable person for it, Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi said while interacting with the students.
"It is not about what religion or
community you come from, it is what you bring to the table, what
capability you have," he said.
He was replying to a question that
having come a long way after Independence how much more time will it
take for India to have its first Muslim prime minister.
"Today, Manmohan Singh is not the
Prime Minister of India because he is a Sikh. He is the Prime
Minister because he is the most capable person to do the job.
"And let me tell you something that
even when you do have a Muslim prime minister, he will be a prime
minister because he is the most capable person," 39-year-old Gandhi
He told a questioner, "You need to
step up and the number of leaders coming out of your community needs
to go up.
You got today a Sikh prime minister
that nobody would have ever imagined in a country of over a billion
people that we would have a Sikh prime minister. Sikhs are a very
small percentage of this country."
Gandhi said his effort was to involve
people from different communities and from different parts of India
in the political system.
Earlier, welcoming Rahul Gandhi, Professor P.K. Abdul
Azis said that the Muslim community and the Aligarh Muslim
University are extremely indebted to Pandit Nehru for the unstinted
support that he has given to reposition it after India became
independent. The Aligarh Muslim University still needs special
patronage. The University has a Muslim Character right from its
inception but it is truly secular.
The recent order from the Allahabad High Court has
taken a way the Minority Character of the University. An appeal for
restoration of the Minority Character of the University is pending
with the Supreme Court. Professor Azis urged Rahul Gandhi to take up
the issue of the Minority Character of AMU with the Prime Minister
of India and get the Minority Character of AMU restored
unequivocally by an amendment to AMU Act of 1981 by the Indian
The University has submitted a rupees two thousand
crores proposal for establishing five centers across the country and
for this massive expansion the Government of India should come
forward with clear cut and time bound affirmative programmes to
enable the Sachar Committee’s recommendations to become more
meaningful, he concluded.
At the end of the interactive meet, Rahul Gandhi
answered various questions raised by the students of AMU relating to
role of youths in building new India, the issue of reservation for
Muslims in educational institutional, minority character for AMU and
implementation of Sachar Committee.
Earlier, Rahul Gandhi visited the mazar of Sir Syed
Ahmad Khan, the legendary founder of Aligarh Muslim University.
Rahul Gandhi also visited the AMU Staff Club and interacted with the
University teacher. Prof. V.K. Abdul Jaleel, Registrar, AMU extended
a vote of thanks.