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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Sonia’s AMU visit ‘keenly awaited’

Zia Haq, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 30, 2013
First Published: 00:48 IST(30/1/2013) | Last Updated: 00:50 IST(30/1/2013)

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will visit Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on February 16 and make a convocation speech, but expectations are high that she will back minority status for the institution, an issue of concern for Muslims.

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Gandhi was invited in her capacity as the UPA chairperson, which she has accepted. She will be welcomed with pomp and pageantry, with horse-mounted students as escorts.

Although an apolitical visit, analysts say Gandhi’s Aligarh trip would be keenly watched by Muslims. The AMU is the alma mater of many Muslim elites and a political nerve-centre. India’s vice-president Hamid Ansari pursued an MA in political science and also earned his doctorate there.

Muslim educator Sir Sayyed Ahmad Khan had founded the Aligarh Muslim University (then Anglo-Mohammedan Oriental College) after returning from Oxford in 1875. He remains an icon of education for Muslims, a Muslim educationist said.


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