The buzz among Jamia alumni is: Just assume what would have happened had a religious Muslim organisation visited any Central university to deliver a lecture on Hindu women empowerment. As what happened in JNU and Ramjas College recently there is no prize for guessing, they argued.
However, no violent clash took place in Jamia on February 28 when the RSS supported FANS hold a seminar on Muslim women empowerment. Save some initial disruptions, the event went on peacefully with both the sides taking part in healthy debate as a hijab-wearing girl student even took the centre stage with her riveting short speech on position of Muslim women in Islam.
“…on Tuesday we openly debated about triple talaq. Some people were against. We allowed them also to speak. Both the groups had healthy debate. We cannot compare the Jamia programme with Ramjas College,” Goloak Bihari Rai, National Secretary, FANS, which is associated with RSS, had told the media.
And all this happened in the background of violent clash taking place in Ramjas College a few days ago over invite sent to two JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid that was opposed by the RSS’s student wing ABVP.
Looking at what happened in JNU and DU, the peaceful event at Jamia only highlights the fact that the university’s students are tolerant and peace loving and it is sad to see that the media failed to highlight this side of the story so that this could be emulated by other universities, said Jamia alumnus Faizul Haque.
Moreover, he said this also highlight how the Muslim community has matured over the years.
All told, BJP leader Shazia Ilmi and Jamia alumna has alleged that the university didn’t allow her to speak on triple talaq on February 16 event that was postponed, a claim that has been trashed by university official.
Another Jamia alumnus Mujeeb Akhtar said efforts have always been made to disturb Jamia and give it a bad name but kudos to peace loving and tolerant students who managed the show well once again only highlighting Jamia’s old traditional values of adjusting dissent voice and believing in different views.