Vishwas Hindu Parishad (VHP) co-secretary general Surendra Jain has said AMU should stop receiving funds from the central government if it continues to have the word “Muslim” in its name. The VHP leader further said that Aligarh Muslim University uses land donated by freedom fighter Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh and central government grants to run the university. He further claimed that UMA students were chanting anti-national slogans on campus and said this could never be tolerated. Jain made the remark while interacting with reporters after attending an event at Heeralal Barah Saini Inter College in Aligarh.
Ditch the word ‘Muslim’ from AMU or stop taking grants: VHP’s Surendra Jain
He went on to say that the name of the district “Aligarh” should be changed to “Harigarh”. He said it is a Muslim name and was given by some invaders who attacked India. He mentioned that India’s identity to the world should be known by its own culture and identity, which is derived from Ram, not some “Muslim attackers”.
Meanwhile, UMA spokesperson Shafey Kidwi said Aligarh Muslim University was named after an act passed by the Indian Parliament. He said we didn’t name him and couldn’t change him.
UGC audit panel asks to change AMU’s name
However, this is not the first time that requests to change the university’s name have come up. Earlier, in 2018, a University Grants Commission audit committee also recommended removing the word “Muslim” from the university’s name. WBU Registrar at the time, Javid Akhtar, responded that dropping the word “Muslim” would rob the university of its unique historical character. Earlier, several Hindu leaders called for the names of Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia to be changed.