Prof Irfan Habib's remark on AMU minority character causes stir
Differing with this view, Prof Shafey Kidwai, chairman of mass communication department, said, "He has exercised his right to free expression. I don't see any reason to condemn his remarks. Muslims are emotive about the minority status but there is no point to feel offended.'' Arif Rizvi of West Asian Studies said, "All Prof Habib meant was that the minority status will not be beneficial for the students and the university. It won't do any good to Muslims. If people respect their self freedom, they should also value Prof Habib's words. Abusing him is totally unjust.''
Others were less accommodating. Azam Meer Khan, vice-president of AMU Old Boys Association, stuck to the demand of minority status. "Prof Habib could have avoided the question but he took his stand. We're with the students and the university administration in their demand for minority status,'' Khan told TOI. AMU spokesman Prof Rahat Abrar said, "The university firmly believes that it is a minority institution. A case in this regard is pending with the Supreme Court. It's very Act clearly says that the university is established for educating Indian Muslims. Before India got Independence, the Act also mentioned that not a single Hindu can be elected as a member of the university court. However, amendments have been made but still university belongs to the Muslims.''