Withdraw convocation invite to Narendra Modi: Jamia Millia alumni to VC

Narendra Modi had attacked Jamia Millia in 2008 after the Batla House encounter in September that year.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 28, 2015 5:35 am
jamia millia, jamia millia convocation, narendra modi, modi jamia millia, modi jamia millia convocation, jamia millia students, jamia millia alumni, jamia students protest, jamia latest news, delhi news, nation news Narendra Modi had attacked Jamia Millia in 2008 after the Batla House encounter in September that year.

Jamia Millia Islamia’s invite to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the convocation has triggered a strong reaction among some of the alumni who have written to the Vice Chancellor urging him to “withdraw” it in view of the comments made by Modi against the varsity in 2008.

The letter jointly written by Asad Ashraf (2007-2010) and Mahtab Alam (2001-2003) batch has been signed by over 50 registered members of the alumni association of JMI. However, Jamia has ruled out any such possibility.

“We, the ex-students of Jamia, are writing to you to express our deep anguish and grief on your invitation to Narendra Modi to be the chief guest at annual convocation. We are anguished and shocked because, he along with his party members, have been constantly involved in spreading rumours and hatred about the university,” the letter by alumni said.

“We have a very simple request to you, withdraw the invitation or at least ask him to render a public apology about his own malicious and incorrect statement before he attends the convocation,” the letter added.

Jamia had earlier this month sent an invite to Modi to be the chief guest at its annual convocation this year. However, the varsity has not received any acceptance or acknowledgment from the PMO so far in this regard.

Modi had attacked Jamia in 2008 after the Batla House encounter in September that year.

Addressing a gathering in Gujarat, he had said, “There is a university in Delhi called Jamia Millia Islamia. It has publicly announced that it will foot the legal fee of terrorists involved in act. Go drown yourself. This Jamia Millia is being run on government money and it is daring to spend money on lawyers to get terrorists out of jail. When will this vote bank politics end?”

Modi’s comments had come following a statement by then Jamia VC Mushirul Hasan that the university would offer legal aid to two of its students arrested for their suspected involvement in terror activities.

The letter by the alumni also quotes senior BJP senior leader V K Malhotra’s comments made ahead of Lok Sabha polls last year that “Jamia and Batla are safe houses for terrorists”.

The letter further states that, “Modi’s comments had led to an environment, where every student of Jamia or its ex- student was seen with suspicion of being potential terrorists”.

However, asserting that it will not withdraw its invite, Jamia Spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan said, “Jamia has been inviting constitutional authorities for its convocation since its inception. Similarly, an invite has been extended to the Prime Minister because of him being a constitutional authority who has also been elected by the people of India.”

“The students or the alumni are free to have their opinion in the democratic country but we are looking forward to host Modi at the university and will announce the convocation date as soon as we get a suitable time from him,” he added.

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    Amit
    Nov 28, 2015 at 3:44 am
    Who is INTOLERANT now ?????????????????????????????????????????????
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      Sirius
      Nov 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm
      Fellow commenters , please end the intolerance ranting. Jamia is a prestigious central university with contributions to freedom movement. It has some very good departments (Engg., Eco) , and is even starting a Sanskrit department soon. The PM should lend his time for the convocation and connect with the alumni of JMI. True national integration ...
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        Kanu Patel
        Nov 27, 2015 at 10:21 pm
        THIS IS A BETTER CASE FOR SEDITION CHARGES THAN THE CASE FILED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF GUJARAT AGAINST MR. HARDIK PATEL.
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          Raje
          Nov 27, 2015 at 5:53 pm
          And then they and everyone says.... we have INTOLERANCE.
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            Romik
            Nov 28, 2015 at 1:39 am
            Should anti national enies be closed or taken over? If not then p a law and do so immediatley!
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              A
              Nov 28, 2015 at 1:35 pm
              rapist gets from the legal authority from courts and not being sponsored by the university in that case university is spending to help a terrorist and not the government....every one has the right to be protected but by the government and not from any autonomous university which is being funded by GOI which is taxpayer money...get your knowledge clear before writing
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                Raji-Ji-Ji_Ji_-Ji
                Nov 28, 2015 at 12:48 am
                If you guys had read the phrase "chief guest..." in the article, please correct yourselves. Read it as "Thief Guest...." A reference to Dr. Shri Shri Master Narendra Modi-Ji.
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                  Aiswarya Lekshmi
                  Nov 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm
                  Make reasonable requests Mr.Ashraf. He is not who he was in 2008. He is the Prime Minister of India.Show some respect and stop playing the victim card all the time. I don't know about India, but the world sure seems to be getting tired of it.
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                    Little John
                    Nov 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm
                    Shame on people raising such a demand against India's elected Prime Minister...When will these people realize that they are doing more harm to their community's image!!!
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                      Salam
                      Nov 27, 2015 at 8:25 pm
                      Modi is a top ten criminal and stupid PM as Google has reported his view. Modi should not be invited for any reasons it's a insult of Jamia who had been once targeted by the same person.
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                        Raja
                        Nov 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm
                        Should they have invited Prime Minister of stan?
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                          alvi
                          Nov 27, 2015 at 4:31 pm
                          not at all you raja khaki chhaddi
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                            Desy girl
                            Nov 28, 2015 at 10:13 am
                            "To produce boys and girls with beautiful bodies and minds, to make each body a living temple, perfect in size and shape, free from disease, to make youth joyful who can take lively interest in life, should be the aim of education." ~ Maulana Azad
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                              Amit Mukhopadhyay
                              Nov 28, 2015 at 6:30 am
                              I am reminded of that incident -- a British journalist asking THAT question of the Prime Minister of India in London with the British PM standing by. The PM is embarring the citizens of the country time and again. How long will this situation continue? Is the contusion healable?
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                                Anangsen
                                Nov 27, 2015 at 4:11 pm
                                Wow! Look at the RABID INTOLERANCE of the ex students!!! And they should apologise for having turned Jami into a haven for terrorists!!!! They are lucky that it has not been shut down, thanks to the TOLERANCE of Indians! IMHO Modi should decline the offer.
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                                  ANSHUL
                                  Nov 27, 2015 at 3:09 pm
                                  BE TOLERANT .... Jamia Aluminis.... BE TOLERANT .. !! Thats what people like u have been shouting ur throats out since few months.. No its time to do same in action.... BE TOLERANT...
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                                    arc
                                    Nov 27, 2015 at 8:12 pm
                                    Remember PM's election speech in Bihar where he lied that g alliance was taking away quotas to give it to "another community." This "another community" is paying him back in the same coin. Poetic justice. Good if he doesn't go the jamia. What gyan will he impart there? Teach them Vedic science of how to get a gadha progeny from mating gau Mata and saand pita?
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                                      avd
                                      Nov 27, 2015 at 2:53 pm
                                      Where are all those so called muslim leaders are hiding now? Why can they come forward and express their views specially Amir Khan? Any insult of Narendra Modi PM is insult of all tolerant Indians.
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                                        badri
                                        Nov 28, 2015 at 7:03 am
                                        Members of this tolerant alumni are Kiran Khan (Amir Khan's wife), Burkha Datt, Shahrukh Khan, Kabir Khan, Kamal Akthar (U.P Minister), Naved Aslam (Actor), Anwar Jamal, Akhlaqur Rahman Kidwai(Congress Leader), Amanathullah Khan(AAP MLA) Subair Khan (AICC Secratry), Anjana Khashyap and Sayeed Ansari (Deputy Editor Aaj Thak).
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                                          Bhasker
                                          Nov 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm
                                          there is an issue no doubt and there is a discussion some alumini have pointed there reservations ok why make a fuss its all normal in a democratic set up and stand by Jamia VC office also logical.where is the fuss
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                                            Bijan Mohanty
                                            Nov 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm
                                            I wonder why Modiji looks so tense in photos taken inside the country and looks so relaxed when photos are taken outside the country ?
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