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AMU at Crossroads: Balancing Jobs & Resisting Hatred in Aligarh Elections

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) finds itself at the center of a heated election battle in the key battleground of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh as polls near on April 26th. With Muslims comprising over 40% of Aligarh’s population, PM Narendra Modi’s controversial speech alleging Congress wants to “snatch property” of mothers/sisters has sparked outrage for communal overtones.

AMU voices seek to safeguard India’s pluralistic society and Constitution amid this divisive rhetoric. The university faces demonization from BJP leaders who vowed to send Jinnah’s portrait to Pakistan and called it a “hub of terrorists.” However, experts like Prof. Rezavi assert AMU embodies India’s pluralism and Muslims merely demand their rights.

As Aligarh votes, the key battle is between BJP’s politics of hatred vs AMU’s quest for jobs, development and an end to the vilification of their educational dreams. With warnings of a 15% budget cut to AMU/JMI vs rises for BHU, minority students striving through education face labels like “UPSC Jihad” amid a polarizing election.

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