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Hark! AMU Aligarh insinuators
False propaganda is not the new weapon against the political enemies and India is no exception play ground. We have had this human frailty since the world was created.

History bears witness that propaganda has always played an important part in the politics. For each politician, the most effective and important forms of propaganda was aimed at its own domestic population. As part of this, the people in power largely manage relations with their own newspapers and other media.

Germany had a more coercive and directive approach to propaganda and the media, eventually dominated by Hitler. The belligerent governments deliberately create organisations to generate and direct propaganda against their enemies. A very wide range of media through which propaganda could be disseminated, including both official and unofficial channels, newspapers, speeches, films, photographs, posters, books, pamphlets and periodicals.

A very big issue of Jinnah's portrait in AMU Aligarh has snowballed as election 2019 is approaching. "A portrait of Jinnah still finds a place of honour on the campus exhorting generation after generation of young Muslim students to owe allegiance to whatever is not Indian. It is relevant to mention here that AMU is a central university funded by the Indian tax payers' money and is not a minority institution."

It should be known that Mohd Ali Jinnah had received a lifetime student union membership prior to Indian independence and Indian partition. Secondly, the portrait of Jinnah was actually hung in the year 1938 itself as per the reply sent by the AMUSU President, Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani in response to the BJP MP, Satish Gautam's letter. Thus, if we have not removed his enrolment certificate from the Bombay High Court museum, why then do we want to tamper with history?

One cannot help but wonder about the timing of the controversy. If we had a problem with the portrait of Jinnah, hanging on the student union wall, should we have waited 80 years to make a fuss? And if the portrait did not bother anyone for the last 80 years, why does it bother us now? The upcoming 2019 general election is a perfect timing! In fact, there're a bunch of emotional human beings who may pose a bigger threat than that portrait that hangs on the AMU student union wall.

MP Ahirwar, a professor of history at the Banaras Hindu University, sees nothing wrong in displaying a portrait of Gandhi along with Jinnah. "AMU is one of the oldest varsities and it has records of history. The portrait of Gandhi along with Jinnah is also a part (of history) and we cannot eliminate that part," he says.

So, the propaganda against AMU Aligarh would surprise no one. Any item that these radicals could churn out from their treasure chest of hate would be used to help the radical agenda of Muslim-haters. Yes, AMU had produced many extremist also and their role would be debated by generations to come. Yes, prominent leaders who were instrumental in the creation of Pakistan were the product of AMU but they went to Pakistan and with them gone their ideologies. We are Indians as anyone else and our parents preferred to stay in India as their motherland. Those who agreed to divide the country and created the negative atmosphere for its partition also must be included in the Blame-Game.

However, let me respond and rebut some the venom spread against AMU with some solid facts. "A question arises why the alumni of AMU, called Aligarian, choose to turn their back when it comes to paying respect to the Indian National Song enshrined in the Constitution of India?" Reply – At every function of AMU Aligarh is played with all due respect. What this scribe says is false propaganda which cannot be sustanitiated."

Have the AMU authorities failed to provide the right leadership at the right time?

Let me produce some names as 'reductio ad absurdum' to the false impression of AMU leadership:

Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Pashtun Leader; conferred with Independent India's highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna

Mohsina Kidwai, Leader of Indian National Congress; Cabinet Minister in Uttar Pradesh Government; Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha)

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, Leader of Indian National Congress; Independent India's first Communication Minister

Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, former CM of J&K

Moinul Hoque Choudhury, afFive time MLA of Assam; he was the minister of Industry during Indira Gandhi regime in 1971

Arif Mohammad Khan, former MLA,MP and central minister

Ishwari Prasad, historian, first graduate of Muhammedan Anglo-Oriental College

Raja Rao, author, professor, and Padma Bhushan recipient

Akshay Kumar Jain, journalist; former editor of Navbharat Times; Padma Bhushan recipient

Rahi Masoom Raza, author and poet

Irfan Habib, historian

Salma Siddiqui, Urdu novelist

Punathil Kunjabdulla, is a well-known Malayalam language novelist and poet from Kerala state, South India. He is a medical doctor by profession.

Obaidur Rahman Siddiqui well known historian from Ghazipur

Asrar ul Haq Majaz known as Majaz Lakhnawi well famous indian urdu poet from Faizabad

Deeba Salim Irfan, author and poet

Saadat Hasan Manto, Writer, playwright and author born in British India

Syeda Anwara Taimur, First women Chief Minister of Assam 1980-1981

Sheikh Abdullah, Prime Minister of Jammu and Kashmir State 1948-1953

Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India from 2007-2017]

Mohamed Amin Didi, first President of Maldives January–August 1953

Dr Zakir Hussain, President of India 1967-1969

Mansur Hoda, scientist in the area of appropriate technology in India

Shahid Jameel, virologist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate

Kazi Mobin-Uddin, inventor of the inferior vena cava filter

Syed Ziaur Rahman, pharmacologist

Azarmi Dukht Safavi, master of Persian literature, established Persian Language Research Center of the Aligarh University

Hassan Nasiem Siddiquie, marine geologist, Padma Shri recipient and Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate

K. P. Mohanakumar, chemical biologist, N-Bios laureate

Asad Ullah Khan, microbiologist, N-Bios laureate

Justice Saiyed Saghir Ahmad, Supreme Court of India

Justice Syed Murtaza Fazl Ali, Supreme Court of India; chief justice, J & K. High Court

Justice Baharul Islam, Supreme Court of India (1980-1983), Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court

Justice Ram Prakash Sethi, Supreme Court of India

Lala Amarnath, former Indian cricket captain

Dhyan Chand, former Olympian and hockey captain

Akhtar Hussain, former field hockey player and Olympian

Zafar Iqbal, former field hockey player

Naseeuddin Shah

No other educational institution of India could blame such a galaxy of achievers as AMU Aligarh. It is nothing but the figment of imagination who believe that Sheikh Abdullah was on the verge of declaring himself the Sultan of Kashmir when the Government of India, much against the wishes of Prime Minister Nehru. There is no proof for this innuendo.

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