Solidarity Is the Best Form of Self-Defence for Students of AMU – By Shah Alam Khan
The single most dangerous predisposition of fascists is persistence. The alleged mishandling of the crew of a so-called ‘nationalist’ TV channel in the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) campus, and the subsequent booking of 14 students on charges of sedition, is a classic example of this persistence.
We are told by hyperventilating TV anchors that AMU is a hub of terrorists and anti-nationals. Haven’t we heard this before? The modus operandi is even simpler and more obvious than it was when used on the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) three years earlier.
The intent to create mischief at the AMU campus is not a new fable. In recent years, there have been multiple attempts at maligning the university. Whether over its portrait of Jinnah (on a wall in the students’ union hall) or the baseless news of food being unavailable to non-Muslim students during Ramzan, AMU has been the target of one of the most potent anti-minority campaigns in independent India.…
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