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AMU under assault

Print edition : March 04, 2016

The Aligarh Muslim University, which is touted as India’s premier Muslim educational institution whenever it suits the government to take that stance. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Syed Ahmad Khan. He founded the institution that later became the Aligarh Muslim University.

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders L.K. Advani, Rajnath Singh, M. Venkaiah Naidu and Sushma Swaraj at a rally against reservation in New Delhi in August 2005, soon after the UPA government allowed the Aligarh Muslim University to reserve 50 per cent of seats in 36 courses for Muslims. Photo: S. Subramanium

Jawaharlal Nehru delivering the convocation address at the Aligarh Muslim University on January 24, 1948. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Gopal Subramanium, former Solicitor General. Photo: S. Subramanium

AMU students on the university campus in October 2005, after the Allahabad High Court's judgment stripping the institution of its minority status. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

The Modi government’s reversal of the Union government’s stand on the Aligarh Muslim University not only perpetuates a grievous wrong but betrays a poor understanding of the issue at stake.

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