With Yogi Adityanath being elected CM, the campus is buzzing. And most are skeptical of the new regime. However, most students say they believe the image makeover Yogi has shown recently.
It was a clean sweep for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, expected by the exit polls, but the numbers unprecedented. Then came another shocker as the BJP chose five-time MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of UP. It is well documented that Yogi Adityanath has the image of a hardliner, a man known for spewing vitriol. The controversial new CM has also openly targeted the Muslim community in the past.
So how does an educational institution with majority of Muslim students react to it? The India Today team went to the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) to find out.
A central university established in 1875, AMU is one of India’s top ranking universities and is known to have produced many notable alumni. The sprawling 1,100 acre campus has some of India’s best academicians as professors. There are over 50 per cent Muslim students and the varsity has been fighting for minority status for the last few years.
MOST SKEPTICAL OF NEW REGIME
With Yogi Adityanath being elected CM, the campus is buzzing. And most are skeptical of the new regime. AMU is a fairly cosmopolitan campus, where debate and dissent are encouraged. With the new appointment there is palpable unease in the campus. But AMU is no stranger to controversy, and because of it, most students and professors are afraid to criticise Yogi publicly. A professor who doesn’t wish to me named, said, “I’d rather not say anything, because if I do I know the RSS will lash out at me. Anyway, we all know what kind of a man he is. What is the point of voicing an opinion now anyway?”
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