NPP Supremo extends solidarity with AMU, Urges Parliament to ensure its Minority Status

Addressing a distinguished gathering of the law-makers, parliamentarians, distinguished jurists and judges today at the Law Centre, New Delhi, Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Aligarian expressed hope that the Parliament shall respect the mandate of law and secular character of the Indian Constitution by restoring the Minority status of Aligarh Muslim University which was founded by Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in 1920. He said that Article 30 of the Constitution of India affirmed the minority status of Aligarh Muslim University in the same way as right to life and liberty was affirmed in Article 21 of the Constitution of India as a fundamental right. He said that AMU was born before the promulgation of the Constitution of India in 1950. Aligarh Muslim University was born in 1920 which enjoyed the basics of secular character 30 years before the Constitution of India was born and therefore the character of the university was affirmed in Article 30 as the university was in existence.

            Prof.Bhim Singh was addressing a seminar on the minority status of AMU which was presided over by the former Chief Justice of India, Mr. A.M. Ahmadi, Former Union Law Minister, Mr. H.R. Bhardwaj. Among the distinguished speakers on the dias included Educationist Dr. Inamdar, Mr. Salamat Ullah, President, AMU Old Boys Association, Shri S.M. Sajid Hasan, General Secretary, All India AMU Old Boys Association and others.

            Prof.Bhim Singh was among those student leaders of AMU who were imprisoned for more than eight months in Aligarh District Jail for the offence that they were leading a movement in AMU for the continuation of minority status. Several former university union office bearers including Mohd. Faizan (Former President-AMU) & Mohd. Adeeb, Ex-MP and former President-AMU were present in the conference. Mrs. Nasreen Hamid, Chairperson, Global Women’s Lib also present in support of the cause of the minority status of AMU for the sake of humanity.

            Prof.Bhim Singh said that Aligarh Muslim University is a symbol of secularism’ in India which has enhanced the international rather global secular identity of India all over the world which he (Bhim Singh) had experienced during his five years global tour on motorcycle around the world on peace mission from 1967-1973. He said that he was expelled along with about 150 students of Aligarh who were imprisoned. After he left Aligarh he was expelled by J&K for raising the tri-colour flag in Kashmir. Prof.Bhim Singh said that it was the spirit of courage and truth he carried with him from AMU which enabled him to go around the world on peace mission. He said that secularism and peace was the strongest weapon that he carried with him during his world tour.

            Prof.Bhim Singh offered free legal aid service to the AMU activists before the Supreme Court of India which shall hear the case on minority status to AMU on 4th April, 2016. He, however, declared that AMU is greatest institution rather pride of the country which transcends the message of brotherhood (secularism) to the whole world. He called on the Members of the Parliament to understand this message and ensure that Parliament of India would not interfere with the inborn message of Aligarh Muslim University founded Sir Syed Ahmed Khan 30 years before the birth of Indian Constitution.