In an interview (Times of India, July 13, 2018) to journalist Sagarika Ghosh, Jinnah as well as Gandhiji, Ambedkar, Nehru, some Nobel laureates, etc. from the former Vice President of India, Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Aligarh Muslim Asked about who is present in the university’s student union hall. Along with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Morarji Desai, these people were given Ajivan membership by the Students Union. This year the issue was very hot in the media and various explanations were also given for this.
Hamid Ansari has been an alumnus of AMU, and has also served as Vice Chancellor (2000-2002).
In this period of creating a bad image of Muslims, due to the failure of the economy, and badly failing on the front of employment (and on the governance system in the states), the ruling BJP’s own politics and desperation have led to every issue towards communal polarization. Turns around And the same thing explains all the issues mentioned above.
Ansari, throughout his interview, was very clear about the issue. He says, “It is not our tradition to attack photographs and buildings. Jinnah went there long before he became a preacher of some ideology. He was there around 1938. If his picture is here, what is wrong with it? He also clarified that we oppose colonial subjugation and exploitation, yet, instead of destroying it, we preserve many such photographs and buildings, including the Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata. We may also have photographs of British judges, administrative officers, viceroys in some places or in some institutions. Why don’t we destroy them all? ”
No Defend Anyways!
Clearly, they were not defending Jinnah’s role in dividing the country. Nor were they trying to simplify the complex history of partition of India, for which Jinnah was not alone responsible. India was divided due to competitively increasing communalism, supported and encouraged by the British, who were in power at the time. This type of communal power and capacity was not limited only to the Muslim League, whose leader was Jinnah. It was also supported by the Hindu Mahasabha, the RSS. From time to time, historians have also given evidence that the lower units of the Congress were closely associated with the Hindu Mahasabha-RSS. They were all responsible for the partition of India together.
Unlike opportunists and starving people for power, some ruling party leaders and MLAs, Ansari has a different view against ruining historical artifacts. It is like erasing history. Milan Kundra, the best novelist, is believed to have said: All human history is a fight against forgetting.
Furthermore, the knowledge of a university not to waste historical evidence / artifacts has always been questioned by some anti-social elements. They are threatening the university to bow down to such immoral elements. This is very unfortunate.
The complexities of historical events should not be surrendered to the whims of some such groups. And the worst thing is this: Some major TV news channels have tried to work together on the lines of the medieval courts themselves by uniting the actions of the executive, the judiciary and the legislature. These news channels also blamed AMU itself.
A major TV Hindi news channel (just two days before the Karnataka Assembly elections) organized a five-hour long debate on the same subject on 7 May 2018. This was a clear attempt at communal polarization. A week after this, this issue of Jinnah’s picture also emerged in the election campaign of Kairana Lok Sabha by-election. I do not think that such channels ever set up similar courts in cases where someone is beaten to death and the ministers of the government work to garland those criminals.
This part of the media is not allowing efforts to make more rational, aware and responsible citizens at the lower levels of the country. This is very bad for our democracy.
The good thing is that the recent results are showing that a good number of voters is able to see other things apart from this divisive game. The media and intellectuals should insist on making the common people aware of these destructive games.
Hamid Ansari should be congratulated that he clarified the issue of not wasting historical evidence / artifacts in response to specific queries made by journalists. The Indian people should rise above these issues and see their reality and purpose.