Is food not served to Hindus during Ramadan in AMU? Here’s the truth behind it

A Twitter user posted a tweet saying that Hindus are not served lunch and dinner during Ramzan at Aligarh Muslim University.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 10:11 pm
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Sparking a religious controversy at Aligarh Muslim University, an advocate at Delhi High Court made a rather controversial statement on Twitter about the availability of food in the hostel during Ramadan. Making serious allegations against the mess at the university, Prashant Patel Umrao’s tweet read: “In Aligarh muslim university hostels, Lunch, Breakfast is not being served to Hindu students due to

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Just as he posted it, his tweet attracted a lot of eyeballs and left many baffled. Some expressed their shock, and others went on to divulge how the allegation is totally incorrect.

Here are all the reactions to his tweet.

When we asked Patel why he had put such allegations on the university, he told indianexpress.com: “I know a few students there and the same thing happens every year. Hindu students do not want to come in public.” When asked what the officials said (in case they complained about the issue), he said: “You should talk to the AMU administration.”

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Amid all the ruckus, an AMU alumnus said, “I really don’t know what this tweet is all about because I have been a student at the university. When I was a student, I didn’t used to fast during Ramadan because I wasn’t so religious. But, I used to get food at the university and I never had a problem.” He also went on to say that “we always have canteens” and “food is always available on demand — even for the Muslim students who are not fasting… they can go and ask for lunch and it will be served.”

Prof Shafey Kidwai, member in-charge of the public relations office for AMU, told indianexpress.com: “Since the 1920s when the university was formed, at the time of Sehri, when Muslims used to pray, breakfast was served but they used to take it later in the day. However, that was the practise for many, many years as an unwritten rule. And so, in the hostels, food was not served during Ramadan owing to the age-old practice. Even though many Hindus and non Muslims were here, they never demanded due to ‘tolerance’ or ‘mutual respect’. Now, that the students have demanded, we are ready to provide. So if the students demand for it, breakfast and lunch will be served, otherwise, everywhere in the canteens, it is available.”

So, before the tweet was put out, was there any demand in the hostel or the mess? “No, there wasn’t any demand directly, some students tweeted it and put it out on social media, so we have now told them that we will provide food — on demand.”

Is it only on demand or will it be served regularly? “Yes, and it is not just for Hindus but even if the Muslim students are suffering from fever or if there is any kind of need, then it will be served on demand. Also, we have another hostel — Adi Hasan hall, where MBBS students live — food is available for 24 hours over there,” said Kidwai.

He also added that the students will be going back home for summer vacations on June 5, so it is only a matter of a few days.

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Meanwhile, there was another Facebook post that refuted the claims made in Patel’s tweet.

In her post, Rashmi Singh said that they are getting breakfast as well as lunch at the Begam Sultan hall. She also explained that since the strength of students coming for lunch is less, it is light but sufficient to satiate hunger pangs.

Take a look at a few comments on her post.

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    chitta
    May 31, 2017 at 10:41 am
    Hindu stan out. Muslim stan in. Hindu can only bark.
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      Layeequr Rahman
      May 31, 2017 at 9:46 am
      Is Sahri food made available to muslim students on demand in secular educational ins utions?
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        IslamForFoools
        May 31, 2017 at 7:56 am
        Muslims fast and then swill like pigs in evening and pretend they are doing very good job and making their terrorist Allah happy. Then they hate non Muslims and start quarrels with Jon Muslims for their so called festivals. Fck such ideology of hate, I don't want Islam to be part of my country or any other country, non Muslims must united to destroy Islam,
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          Gorakh Dhanda
          May 31, 2017 at 1:40 pm
          Lol you will have to bang your head against a wall as Islam is going sty and prosper in India. See a doctor immediately.
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          Amit
          May 31, 2017 at 7:55 am
          I want to ask whether Shehri and iftaar being served in BHU
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            IslamForFoools
            May 31, 2017 at 7:54 am
            Islam and Muslims are curse on human race, more than thta, media editors are worst of all, we must confront them before we confront Isis with drones and bombs
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              ramjan
              Jun 2, 2017 at 10:36 am
              Kamal he log bina sach jane aur bina soche samje kuch bhi bakwas krte he
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              Rohini
              May 30, 2017 at 11:58 pm
              The tweet was correct., in other words. Students WERE being denied food at regular mealtimes. Now, it is about contrversy management now that it is out in the open. This is not correct.
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                Gurudutt Vishwakarma
                May 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm
                I am a student of MBBS in AMU, residing in Hadi Hasan Hall. the truth is : "the canteen remains closed untill evening, and breakfast or lunch isn't served neither in mess nor in canteen. The university canteen remains closed as well." The classes are being conducted untill 2:30 pm, with a short break of 10 mins between 12:10 to 12:20 PM which is insufficient to grab lunch from outside.
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                  Manu
                  May 30, 2017 at 10:55 pm
                  Who else can provide a better answer. Thanks mate :) Proves who is more tolerant. WE or IE.
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                    Gorakh Dhanda
                    May 31, 2017 at 1:43 pm
                    Does BHU provides Sehri - early morning breakfast to Muslim students? Tolerance is something which should be mentioned when meals are denied on request or demand to non-muslims.
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                    wasim akram
                    May 31, 2017 at 8:07 am
                    From how may years you are there brother?? I lived there for 8 years and never saw conditions which you are mentioning here...
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                      Unmai Virumbi
                      May 31, 2017 at 2:43 pm
                      You did not notice because you were fasting,
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                    Indian
                    May 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm
                    "FOOD ON DEMAND" in AMU is the catch. Evidently, NON-MUSLIM STUDENTS "demanding food during Ramzan" will be targeted in internal essment and by other means. The AMU HOSTELS should FUNCTION precisely the way they function during NON-RAMZAN MONTHS providing food to students- no bread, butter and bananas in Rooms- so that NON-MUSLIMS do not feel like second cl citizens in AMU, India. ............... HINDUS cannot be told to to be secular in India while MUSLIMS treat India as an ISLAMIC COUNTRY.
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                      Layeequr Rahman
                      May 31, 2017 at 9:45 am
                      Is non veg food on demand available in BHU?
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                        Gorakh Dhanda
                        May 31, 2017 at 1:45 pm
                        Targeted non-muslims in essment for eating in Ramazan? A liar has to be simply a liar not INDIAN.
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