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Hark! AMU separatists
The Aligarh Muslim University has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. They have the unsavoury epithet of creators of Pakistan. In those tumultuous days of 1940s, the Muslim students of AMU, both past and present, worshipped Mohammed Ali Jinnah and the Muslim League as god personified.

Of course, the concept of a human god is forbidden in Islam. By the way, Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan was neither a student nor a member of the faculty of AMU. Never mind, political expediency always carries the day. 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.

The last straw on camel's back is Herculean efforts of some students to honour a Kashmiri terrorist killed by the Indian security forces in an encounter. They organized a prayer, Namaz-e-Janaza, for the slain terrorist. Indeed it was an anti-national act. Only a few students involved in glorifying a separatist terrorist who took the gun against the Republic of India, were suspended. Isn't it a kid glove treatment given for an act of treason? Of course, it is. The controlling authority of the said central university must twist the tail of traitors, anti Indians who love to hoist the flag of Pakistan at the drop of a hat giving a go-by to the national tricolor of India.

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? Have the AMU authorities failed to provide the right leadership at the right time? Has the mob mentality overshadowed faculty of reasoning of those who make decisions? What do the eminent Aligarians do in moments of crisis? The attitude of those who matter most at crucial times is rather disappointing. Let us quote anecdotes from the life of an eminent ex-student of AMU.

Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah, a towering personality of Kashmir and a Chief Minister of J&K, comes to mind instantly. To begin with, he was an active worker of the Muslim Conference but later founded the National Conference. He opposed Jinnah and kept the State of J&K, then ruled by Maharajah Sir Hari Singh, out of the influence of all powerful Muslim League. Indeed, he disdained working with Jinnah and preferred an independent identity for himself and J&K. However, a streak of Islamic separatism kept on working in his personality and, with Jawaharlal Nehru's blessings, he succeeded in fomenting separatism in the State. His speeches, purported to be against the Hindu Dogra rule of J&K, turned into an anti-Hindu tirade many a time. Was it an influence of the Aligarh Muslim University where he studied and graduated from? Psychologists may like to go into a detailed analysis.

Believe it or not, 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, had him arrested and put in a jail in Kud. Dr Karan Singh, Sadr-e-Riyasat and Bakshi Ghulam Mohd helped in Sheikh's incarceration.

When India was partitioned in 1947, there was an exodus of Muslim students and professors from AMU for Pakistan. Loyalties of many Muslim students lay with Pakistan, notwithstanding the fact that the land for the university was donated by a Hindu, Rajah Mahendra Pratap Singh.

It is time for some serious introspection on changing the psyche of AMU professors and students so that they join the national stream of India and say good bye to Islamist separatism and its bosom ally, Terrorism. The feeling of loyalty for Pakistan among staff and students must be jettisoned. Many eminent members of alumni have a major role to play therein. The bugle of a new wave of Nationalism, loyalty to the Republic of India and its Constitution must be sounded now before it is too late. Let it not be a case of now or never.

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