Darul Uloom Deoband rector Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi decision to resign, following protests over his remarks on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, has been termed as "unfortunate" by some clerics, who expected him to bring positive changes in the 200-year-old institution.
Vastanvi, who hails from Surat, was elected V-C on January 10, has been facing protests from students at the seminary after he said Muslims should forget the communal pogrom of 2002 and move on.
"It is most unfortunate that he was not allowed to work in the institution, which could have benefited with his resources ...," the seminary's deputy head Abdul Khaliq Madrasi said.
Another member of Deoband's managing body, Maulana Abdul Qasim felt the manner in which protests were held was wrong. "Had there been any problems with his working or his views, they should have been put before Majlis-e-shoora," he said, adding that though Vastanvi’s decision was a personal one, it had "piqued serious minded people".