An unsavory controversy has erupted at Aligarh Muslim University with university students criticizing Vice-Chancellor Professor Tariq Mansoor for mourning the death of the former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh and posted a message of condolence.
Hateful posters were put up on the university campus by the students condemning the rector for an “act” which they described as “shameful and hurtful to the community”. The university administration hastened to remove the posters and said they were trying to find out who had put them up.
On August 22, the AMU Vice-Chancellor issued a press briefing mourning the death of Kalyan Singh through the university’s PRO. In the note, Professor Tariq Mansoor regretted the death of the former UP Chief Minister and former Governor of Rajasthan and said that Kalyan Singh had played an important role in public life and the development of Uttar Pradesh. He prayed to the Almighty to give peace to the soul of the deceased and his family the strength to endure this immense loss. Mansoor also expressed his condolences and sympathy to Kalyan Singh’s son and Bharatiya Janata Party MP Rajveer Singh.
The next day, the news appeared in all local newspapers, after which hate posters were spotted in parts of the campus. “The condolences of the vice-chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University on the death of former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh are not only a matter of shame, but also hurt religious feelings of our community because they are contrary to the ethics, culture and tradition of WBU. ”Kalyan Singh is not only the main culprit in the demolition of Babri Masjid, but also a culprit of contempt for vis-à-vis the order of the Supreme Court. Praying for a criminal is a ruthless crime, “said the poster posted on the walls of the university.
AMU Student Union President Faizul Hassan pretended not to know who was behind the posters.
Meanwhile, the government of Uttar Pradesh condemned the incident to AMU, calling it “unfortunate and inappropriate to oppose mourning for the death of a former chief minister by the vice-chancellor” .
“It is very unfortunate that instead of mourning the disappearance of the former UP chief minister, hate posters have appeared against the AMU vice-chancellor. Kalyan Singh was a mass leader who worked for all sections of society and political parties should condemn the incident at WBU in accordance with the country’s ancient traditions. Why have these UMA students not condemned the barbaric acts of the Taliban in Afghanistan against women and children and why they remain silent on the inhuman conduct of the Taliban, ”the spokesperson told Lucknow on Wednesday Minister and Minister for MSMEs, Sidharth Nath Singh.