Restoration of minority status of Aligarh Muslim
Milli Gazette Online
Statement on AMU at the Joint Press
Conference at Aligarh on 18 April 2006 Issued by the Intellectuals’ Forum For Secular Democracy (IFSD) & The Millat Bedari Muhim Committee
(MBMC) GEC Compound, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
Denial of Minority status of Aligarh Muslim University by a division bench of the Allahabad High Court Shocked not only those who are associated with AMU but all those who believe that the nation cannot be developed without developing its minorities first. Along with the minority status the learned judges in their own wisdom also scrapped the 50% quota for Muslims along with striking down section 2(L) and 5 (2) (C) of the AMU (Amendment) Act, 1981 by which it was accorded minority status.
As the verdict had for reaching effects not only on Muslim psyche but also on their future, different groups, associations and individuals decided to launch a movement for the restoration of minority status. In the beginning, the movement took off speedily but with the passage of time, it has lost steam and we are afraid that the issue has been grounded now. The central Government has also backed out on its earlier promise to bring forward a comprehensive “Bill” in this regard.
We believe that essentially AMU needs a political solution. We respect and abide with our judicial system but that is not enough. AMU is crying for the attention of the political establishment. Presently our political elite seems to be disinterested on the issue. Have Muslims as a people ceased to matter to the managers of Indian democracy today that no worthwhile effort is being made to make “functional” minority rights enshrined in the Constitution of India ? Are Muslims not a part of ‘we, the people of India?
After serious considerations from all angles, we have decided to boost-up the movement for restoration of Minority status of AMU.
“ It is a political question and can be settled only through political intervention. Hence,we demand that UPA Government should seriously consider the viable solution and bring forward a ‘bill’ wherein AMU should be declared a” Minority Institution” with specifically declared powers to reserve seats for Muslims.
We want concrete step instead of tockenism. We will sit on a “Protest Dharna” at Jantar-Matar, New Delhi on 13th May’2006 at 2:00PM for sending signals to our old boys scattered over the globe. It is for our rulers to realies that the issue of restoration of minority status of AMU will kick-up a storm, if not handled properly.
We appeal to all aligarians to extend their support and join us in our Mission.
(Prof. Shamim Ahmad) (Dr. Mohammad
Shahid) (Jasim Mohammad)
Ex-Secretary, AMUTA, AMU President, MBMC
(Mohsin Raza Khan)
(Aman Raza Warsi)
Lecturer, D/O Law
Member, AMU Court
Member, AMU Court
F/O ARTS F/O.
Dated: 18th April 2006
Place: AMU, Aligarh