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Forty Years Ago, December 29, 1978: Minority tag

The All India Muslim conference resolved that in case an amendment restoring the minority, autonomous and democratic character of Aligarh university was not passed, a “peaceful and constitutional country-wide agitation” would be launched.

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The Indian Express, December 29, 1978

The All India Muslim conference urged the Centre to immediately restore the minority character of Aligarh University. The conference passed a resolution saying that the Aligarh Muslim University (Amendment) Bill, 1979, fell short of the expectations of the Muslim community. It said: ‘The conference considers that an amendment ensuring special guarantee and protection under Article 30 of the constitution to the university must be made in the bill. Its management and administration should be restored effectively in the hands of Muslims.” The conference resolved that in case an amendment restoring the minority, autonomous and democratic character of the university was not passed by the next session of Parliament, a “peaceful and constitutional country-wide agitation” would be launched.

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