Smriti Kak Ramachandran
NEW DELHI, September 22, 2015
The little-known Hindu Yuva Vahini is not the only outfit terming Aligarh Muslim University a “nursery of terrorism.” Prafull Goradia, former BJP member and MP, wants the Human Resource Development Ministry to stop funds to the university because it was here that the plans for the creation of Pakistan took shape.
Mr. Goradia told The Hindu that two universities offered the space for deliberations that led to the creation of Pakistan. To back his claims, he culled references from speeches and books that point to AMU and Jamia Milia Islamia having played a key role in forming the strategy for the creation of a new nation. “I sought information under RTI from the Ministry on the grant of funds to the universities, and in the past five year, Rs. 5,000 crore was spent. This should stop,” he said.
He also pointed to the alleged discrimination against women students at AMU as a reason for the need to stop funding. “There are girls from the Women’s College who are barred from entering a library, why should the Ministry finance the institution,” he asked.