By Muslim Mirror Special Correspondent
New Delhi : After Central government filed an affidavit in the Delhi high court opposing the religious minority status awarded to Jamia Millia Islamia voices from different religious social and political quarters have openly criticised the move. Noted lawyer and former chief of National Minority Commission Prof. Tahir Mahmood, while speaking to media, said denial of minority status of Jamia Millia Islamia is like denying the of historical facts and tantamounts to snatching away constitutional rights of minorities.
“Jamia Millia is the child of Aligarh Muslim University, after becoming adult, it didn’t do ‘dharam parivartan’, hence its descendancy as a minority institution is continued even today” he said
Prof. Mahmood further added that if Maulana Mahmood Hasan, Mohammed Ali Jauhar, Hakeem Ajmal Khan, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari and Abdul Majeed Khaja were Muslims, then no one can deny that Jamia was founded by Muslim Minority.
University is believed to function under the aegis of Article 30(1) of the National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions Act that gives religious and linguistic minorities the right to set up and run educational institutions, including schools, colleges and universities.
It is pertinent to mention that JMI was founded by Muslim nationalist leaders in 1920, in response to Mahatma Gandhi’s call to boycott foreign education. The 2011 declaration by the NCMEI stated that it was primarily built “for the benefit of Muslims and it never lost its identity as a Muslim minority educational institution.”