Change AMU's name to Raja Mahendra Pratap Vishwavidyalaya: Haryana minister

AMU students urge Kovind to intervene to end Jinnah row

AMU students urge Kovind to intervene to end Jinnah row

"What can be sadder than the fact that no image of Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh has been displayed in the university". Addressing a gathering at the ground-breaking ceremony of a Jat Dharamsala in Rewari district of Haryana on Sunday 13 May 2018, the minister said that land for the University had donated by the Jat King.

Around 30 activists of the outfit founded and patronised by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, accompanied by uniformed policemen reached Babe-e-Syed gate and shouted slogans like "We will not let such respect for Jinnah pass in India", "If you want to remain in India, you must say Vande Mataram", "Vande Mataram, Jai Shri Ram!".

The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) controversy just doesn't seem to be settling soon with a BJP minister demanding that the AMU's named should be changed to Raja Mahendra Pratap Vishwavidyalaya. In 2014, tension erupted in AMU after the BJP expressed its desire to celebrate Singh's birthday.

Born on 1 December 1886, Mahendra Pratap Singh was a scion of the Jat royal family of Mursan in Aligarh, a Marxist social reformist and freedom fighter who received education in Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental Collegiate School, which later became AMU. He did lease 3.04 acres of land to AMU in 1929 at a rate of Rs. 2/- per annum.

"This is the need of the hour: that the university be renamed after him". Nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1932, Singh returned to India in 1946. According to the varsity's website, the Jat king had defeated former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1957 Lok Sabha polls from Mathura.

Singh breathed his last on 29 April, 1979. The former vice president also said that the peaceful protest by the students against this transgression was commendable, adding that they must ensure that it did not in any way interfere with their academic pursuits.

The Aligarh Muslim University Students' Union (AMUSU) leaders began an indefinite relay hunger strike late on Saturday night.

The portrait of Jinnah along with other portraits of Mohandas Gandhi, Rajendra Prasad, Jaya Prakash Narayan and Mother Teresa has been existing since 1938. "These include withdrawal of all cases lodged against the students, merger of all complaints into a FIR to make out strict charges against right-wing activists and a judicial inquiry into the alleged conspiracy of an attack on former vice president of India, Hamid Ansari, on the campus".

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