Wall of heroes row at Jamia: What really happened? An insider’s account. A report by Ahmad Belal.
Some students of Jamia Millia Islamia got deeply upset following the administration’s alleged move to replace the photographs of India’s freedom fighters, including Jamia’s founders, from the Zakir Hussain library in front of library entrance door with pictures of martyred army personnel as part of the ‘wall of heroes’ initiative of the Central Government.
The administration put the freedom fighters photos in back of the library main entrance door from where photos were not clearly visible, said students, who were peacefully protesting.
Following which some officials turned up and students put their demands before them and nearly after an hour of talks between them the photos were back in the place.
One of the protesters Imran Kranti, an undergraduate student, told OT.COM: “We don’t have any problem with the photos of our war martyrs (Wall of heroes) but putting their photos in place of our founding Fathers, that is disturbing. Jamia administration can put their photos on some other prime location like the Admin Block or near Central Canteen.”
Jamia deputy media coordinator Saima Saeed clarified that as per the guidelines of the Government the ‘wall’ has to be in an appropriate place which can be viewed easily; and the library in the centre was the right spot as TOI quoted.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development had issued a notification to 100 Universities to put the pictures of Param Vir Chakra awardee on prime location, said Imran, adding Jamia is one of them.
CAPTION: Photos by Belal