Another Jinnah Row? Pictures of Pakistan Founder and Mahatma Gandhi Displayed at AMU; Varsity Orders Probe
Aligarh Muslim University authorities have removed the photos and a show cause notice was served to the librarian, who is the curator of the exhibition.
In this picture, Gandhi leaves the home of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1876 - 1948), founder of the Muslim League, en route to the Viceroy's Lodge in Delhi, 24th November 1939. (Image: Getty Images)
Aligarh: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has ordered a probe into pictures of Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah being displayed along with photos of Mahatma Gandhi at a photo exhibition in the varsity, which was being held as part of the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations.
University authorities have removed the photos and a show cause notice was served to the librarian, who is the curator of the exhibition, an official said Friday. The week-long exhibition, themed around the life and times of the Mahatma, is being held as part of the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations at the AMU.
The probe was ordered after BJP MP Satish Gautam on Thursday demanded the removal of some group photos in which the Mahatma is seen along with the Pakistan founder.
"The probe has been ordered as to how these pictures were included in the exhibition and a show cause notice has been served to the librarian Thursday," Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) spokesman Shafey Qidwai said Friday.
"University authorities certainly do not want any controversy on such a matter, keeping in mind the fact that the campus is functioning peacefully. We are only focused on our academic schedule," he said.
The AMU has removed two pictures, including the one in which Gandhi and Jinnah are seen along with others such as Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. In May, a portrait of Jinnah at the university's students' union office had caused a major row.
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