The Aligarh unit of the BJP has written to the Ministry of Education demanding stringent action against the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) after the university organised a webinar to commemorate the Khilafat movement.
The university has also invited a Turkish representative to the webinar on the Khilafat movement. Dr H Hilal Sahin, a Turkish Professor from Giresun University, also took part in the discussion.
According to reports, the webinar was conducted on August 13. The webinar was presided over by AMU’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Tariq Mansoor.
A trusted ally of Pakistan, Turkey has been taking an anti-India stand and opposing India in issues like the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir and Citizenship Amendment Act.
Calling it a threat to the country’s ‘internal security’, BJP’s former media spokesperson Nishit Sharma said that strict action should be taken against the AMU V-C and organisers of the event.
“The webinar details should be looked into by an Inquiry Committee as the matter is related to internal security. AMU invited Sahin to express her views on the Khilafat movement despite knowing that Turkey supports Pakistan and opposes India in every decision, including the revocation of Jammu & Kashmir’s special status in August last year,” IANS quoted Sharma as saying.
BJP’s District Vice-President Gaurav Sharma also claimed that the Khilafat movement was responsible for the division of the country and “massacre across the world”.
“There is now some network which is working to revive this movement and organising such webinars in the AMU signal that preparation is being made for Khilafat 2.0 movement,” he added.
Manvendra Pratap Singh, member of National Monitoring Committee for minority educational institutes and also the BJP’s Vice-President for Braj region, said, “It is unfortunate that a Turkish professor was invited for the webinar in AMU despite the fact that Turkey has opposed India multiple times. The initiative is aimed at restarting the Khilafat movement which amounts to treason.”
Meanwhile, defending the varsity, AMU Proctor Prof Wasim Ali said: “The Turkish professor was a speaker because she is an expert on Khilafat movement. It was purely an academic programme and there was no politics involved in it. The varsity always organises such events in which international speakers participate.”
“There is no advisory from the government over inviting speakers in webinars. We invite well-known academicians for discussions and the Turkish professor’s invite was routine,” he added.
“We will send the webinar proceedings to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and MoE which is the usual process,” he said.