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RJD fails to set up Arabic-Persian university in 17 years
By Afsar Ali, Jamshedpur

» State govt. mooted the plan on March 11, 1983
» Governor made a formal proposal in January 1990 addressing the both houses .
» A.R. Kidwai inaugurated the opening on April 10, 1998.
» State govt. appointed vice chancellor and Pro ­ vice chancellor.
» The name plaque of camp office of the university disappears.
» The proposed office of the university is closed with a big lock.
» 20 acres of land has not yet been allotted for the university


Laloo Prasad Yadav, the former Bihar chief minister and newly elected Rashtriya Janta Dal supremo recently felicitated Yusuf Siddiqui for making the effigy of Ravan in the state capital on the occasion of Durga Puja. Muslims throughout Bihar felt that Mr. Yadav felicitates a handful of Muslims for their skill to prove himself the Messiah of Muslims. But as a matter of fact he has done nothing practical for the community. For example the promise of establishing a full-fledged Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University (MMHAPU) hasn’t yet materialised despite the passage of seventeen years. In between, Laloo Prasad made tall promises and announced several times that there would soon be a new university for the proper growth of Arabic and Persian languages and literature not only for the benefit of Muslim community but for all people.

It is worthy to note that after the downfall of Congress in Bihar, Laloo Prasad Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi have been ruling over Bihar as the chief ministers either on behalf of Janta Dal or Rashtriya Janta Dal. Both husband and wife have tried to project themselves as the true well wishers of the Muslims while a large number of constructive and welfare programmes such as the establishment of Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University remain pending in Bihar.

The Muslims throughout Bihar are pained but not worried as they know that much talked about Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University continues to be non ­ existent because Laoo Prasad Yadav is interested in Arabic and Persian. The result is that expectations of the concerned people, specially of a large number of Urdu speaking people about the establishment of the said university are gradually dying. It has exposed the hypocrisy of Laloo ­ Rabri RJD govt. which harps on taking up welfare measures for the Muslims.

The plan of setting up the Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University was mooted first on March 11, 1983 by the then state Janta Dal govt. headed by Chief Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav. A formal proposal regarding setting up of the Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University had been made in January 1990 by the then Governor Jagannath Paharia while addressing a joint session of both the houses of the state Legislature. It appeared to take some definite shape when the then Governor and chancellor of universities A.R. Kidwai inaugurated the opening of the university on April 10, 1998. When Mr. Kidwai had inaugurated the opening of the Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University after fifteen years, it was felt that state govt. was really serious to set up the university.

The state govt. also appointed Mukhtaruddin Ahmad, a retired teacher of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) as first vice chancellor and Chandrashekhar, Professor of Persian language in Delhi university as Pro- vice chancellor of the university. It is a surprising matter that the decision of the state govt. remained on paper and a camp office of the university was only opened at Hardinge Road in Patna. The most regrettable matter is that the name plaque of the Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University put up at the camp office at the time of inauguration in 1998 had mysteriously disappeared. The proposed office of the university is closed with a big lock put up on its door. Promise of the state govt. to allot 20 acres of land to the said university is yet to be implemented.

The critical situation, regarding the setting of Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University is enough to prove the motive of ruling Rashtriya Janta Dal govt. and its supreme leaders Laloo ­ Rabri. The Muslim intellectuals say that perhaps the duration of seventeen years is not enough for a state govt. to setup a university for the welfare of the Muslims while within seventeen minutes so many Charwaha Vidyalas were set up in Bihar for the welfare of the Yadavs, the community which Laloo ­ Rabri belong to. Reacting against the failure of state govt. in setting up the Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University the then higher educations and present parliamentary affairs Minister, Ramchandra Purbey, who had initiated steps to give a definite shape to the university in 1998 following the directive of the Bihar Legislative council chairman has said that non establishment of the university reflected an utter failure of the state govt. Mr. Purbey has said that although the state govt. had completed all formalities to establish the Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University, it has continued to remain a non ­ starter as the proposal remained on paper only and is without any legal sanction. The Muslim intellectuals say that there is a large number of Muslims belonging to RJD and Congress in Rabri Devi’s cabinet who remain silent and fail to raise a question in the cabinet as to why the promised dream on Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University has not yet been materialized during seventeen years?

Mr. Jabir Hussain, the present chairman of the Bihar Legislative council and the editor of "Samwad" an in-house magazine of the Bihar Legislative council has only carried a detailed article on the fate of the Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University in one of its issues. The article laments that concept behind the opening of the said university in the name of the great freedom fighter Maulana Mazharul Haque would become a thing of the past and could be one of the most distressing stories in the state’s recent history.

Tracing the failure of the present and past governments, Mr. Hussain has said that the matter had once reached the advanced stage. Courses of study had also been prepared incorporating aspects of in ­ depth research and higher study in Arabic and Persian languages and literature besides imparting higher education in ancient culture, secularism, freedom movement, Interaction of different cultures, Journalism, Library science and Manuscript science, among others. Despite this the Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University remains a non-starter.
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