Essay

A blot on India’s secularism

Print edition : June 23, 2017

Mahatma Gandhi with Dr Zakir Husain. Gandhi was a steadfast friend of the Jamia from the beginning. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

The tents in which the Jamia Millia Islamia University began in October 1920. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Procession at the first convocation of the Jamia in 1921. It includes Dr M.A. Ansari, Hakim Ajmal Khan, Syed Suleman Nadvi, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Maulana Shaukat Ali, A.M. Khwaja. Dr Zakir Hussain, Dr K.A. Hamied and Rauf Pasha. Photo: BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

The country failed to give the Jamia Millia Islamia University its dues as an institution founded by a minority community with the objective of serving India’s Muslims as well as the ideals of independence and nationhood.
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