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Prof. Tariq Mansoor is presently serving as the Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Previously he has also served as Principal, J.N. Medical College, Chief Medical Superintendent, J.N. Medical College Hospital and Chairman, Department of Surgery. He is also the member of Medical Council of India since March 2015 for a period of four years. He is product of the first batch of prestigious Our Lady of Fatima Higher Secondary School, Aligarh. During his school days he has served as House Captain as well as School Captain. He did his MBBS and MS in General Surgery from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU, Aligarh. A surgeon by profession with special interest in Breast and Thyroid Diseases, Prof. Tariq Mansoor has 33 years of Teaching and 35 years of Clinical experience. He has 90 publications to his credit and has guided 49 Postgraduate Medical Students for their Thesis as Supervisor / Co-Supervisor

Minority character of Aligarh Muslim University is not only a demand but a right

Minority character of Aligarh Muslim University is not only a demand but a right of Muslim of this country. We have to understand that the origin of this institute was in the form of Mohammadan Anglo Oriental College, which was established in 1875 by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan to cater the need of Muslims in the field of science and advanced learning.

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, a great visionary of pre-Independent India, faced a lot of trouble and roadblock in establishing this institution, which was later on converted to Aligarh Muslim University in 1920 by Act of Parliament under British rule.

Aligarh Muslim University, whether a minority institution or not is a raging debate among the masses of country. Thanks to double standard of Modi led BJP government, this issue again became a burning issue because government had offered to withdraw its case against the verdict of Allahabad High Court which held that AMU is not a minority institution.

On one hand Modiji came to power with slogan of "Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas" but after getting the power his government is doing just opposite to what he promised.

Attorney General of India, Mukul Rohtagi said in Supreme Court, "We maintain that it is not a minority institution. I have received the instruction to withdraw this appeal. I am now distancing myself from AMU's appeal."

He further added that the appeal was filed by the previous UPA government against the judgement of Allahabad High Court and current government decided not to support the cause of AMU.
After that there was a flood of hate messages against the university on social media as it is not an institution serving to the betterment of the country, but, it is an enemy state which is offering exclusive rights to Muslims. I had countered a few on twitter during one of the programmes of a channel which started a discussion with a hashtag of #AMUMinorityTag.

People started replying me from all corners of country and countering me without understanding the nature of debate. Most of the people discussed as Hindus are not allowed to get admission in university. That is a completely wrong notion attributed to one of the finest universities of India thanks to media outburst against the university.

People who are opposed to minority status of AMU used to say that it is against the constitution of country and hence no minority status should be for AMU. I don't know from where they are getting information regarding the constitution of the country and which article opposes such rights of minorities.

Recently Mr. Subramanian Swami said in Upper House of the Parliament that he had no objection to minority institution, but, constitution didn't allow state to finance the same in response to Ch. Munawwar Salim of Samajwadi Party who raised the issue of minority status of AMU and observed that Mr. Swami had supported minority character of AMU in 1970s.

It is obvious now to see what is the stand of our constitution regarding this important issue. Article 30 of th4e Constitution of India explicitly discusses the matter of minorities' rights to establish and administer the educational institutions in the country.

Article 30- Indian Constitution:

Right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions-

(1) All minorities, whether based on religion or language, shall have the right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice

(1A) In making any law providing for the compulsory acquisition of any property of an educational institution established and administered by a minority, referred to in clause (1), the state shall ensure that the amount fixed by or determined under such law for the acquisition of such property is such as would not restrict or abrogate the right guaranteed under that clause

(2) The state shall not, in grating to aid to educational institutions, discriminate against any educational institution on the ground that it is under the management of a minority, whether based on religion or language

So, BJP and its allies are completely wrong in saying that Constitution doesn't allow state to run such an institution.

In such a case, Ahmedabad High Court in the case of St. Xavier Ahmedabad vs State of Gujarat said, "The object of articles 25 to 30 was to preserve the rights of religious and linguistic minorities, to place them on a secure pedestal and withdraw them from the vicissitudes of political controversy. These provisions enshrined a befitting pledge to the minorities in the Constitution of the country whose greatest son had laid down his life for the protection of the minorities. As long as the Constitution stands as it is today, no tampering with those rights can be countenanced. Any attempt to do so would be not only an act of breach of faith, it would be constitutionally impermeable and liable to be struck down by the courts."

BJP and its allies are trying again to make a hype of their way of thinking through media outburst that minority status of AMU is against the Constitution of the country.

As a layman I would like to ask the government what is the meaning of Article 30 of Constitution of the country. Constitution instead gives full freedom to minorities based on religion and language to establish and administer the educational institution of their choice and made it sure that in granting the financial support no discrimination should be done by state.

AMU authorities must continue their fight against such atrocities in apex court of the country. Constitution of this country gives us equal right to live, educate and sustain in this very country.


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