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New Delhi: With Jamia Millia Islamia completing 100 years Saturday, the university’s students and alumni observed the centenary by showing their solidarity with those students who have recently been arrested.

Jamia students Meeran Haider and Safoora Zargar were arrested last month in connection with the February Delhi riots. Both were subsequently charged under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Following this, Shifa-Ur-Rehman, the president of the Jamia Alumni Association, was booked under UAPA in the last week of April.

On Thursday, another student, Asif Iqbal Tanha, was slapped with UAPA, two days after being arrested.

With a total of three students and one alumnus under arrest, the university’s students and others, tweeted with the hashtag #StandWithJamia in a show of support and solidarity, which soon began to trend on the microblogging site.

“Protests को crime मानना दिखाता है कि कुछ बड़ा घपला है। #StandWithJamia” (When protests are seen as a crime, it shows that there is something very wrong,” actor Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub tweeted.

Radhika Vemula, mother of Rohith Vemula, also extended her solidarity to the students. Rohith Vemula was a student of University of Hyderabad, and committed suicide in 2018 after facing casteism and alleged harassment there.

The three students, Haider, Zargar and Tanha, are all part of the Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC), which is a group of Jamia students and alumni. The students were part of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protests that took place in December and January.

The Delhi Police have accused them of inciting the mob in the riots that took place in February.


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Jamia’s illustrious legacy

The students also spoke of Jamia’s legacy — the university has produced a number of renowned actors, journalists, and academicians in the last 100 years. Some of the names on its alumni rolls include actor Shah Rukh Khan, senior journalist Barkha Dutt, cricketer Virender Sehwag and historian Mushirul Hasan. The university also has its roots in India’s freedom struggle.

Jamia emerged out of Mahatma Gandhi’s Non-Cooperation movement in 1920 against the British, as part of which Indians refused to heed to the rules of British systems, including universities. While it was based out of Aligarh at the time, the university campus was moved to its present location, Delhi’s Okhla neighbourhood, in 1935.

 

Students and alumni reminded people of Jamia’s history, while also questioning why its students have been arrested. Zargar, one of the arrested students, is nearly four months pregnant and lodged in Tihar Jail.

 

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  1. whats guru nanak dev univ, bhu, tirthsnkar u, st stephans col, hindu coll du, gotam budh uni? pl find out first… agreed, if its not so change all immediately? why conversion to muslim chiristianity leads to lose sc rights nd not to budh, jain, sikhism?

  2. Everyone are aware about dirty politics .politicians nd govt officials who are misusing their power .caa is anti constitutional nd every indian has right to Express. I also see another threat , people who are like jackals in sheep skin. Educated indian knows what’s right nd what’s wrong plz don’t manipulate.

  3. Law should prevail and if they are guilty government should set an example by even hanging them … Minority, pregnancy , marginalized are not excuses to destroy a country which nurished them . If this place is not suitable for these fellows , they should apply for citizenship of the country they like most ( everyone knows )

  4. Those who take law in their should be panished with stringent panishment , those who brought devide between religious n talking about breaking the country, who are against art 370 are desh drohi.

  5. This place has outlived its usefulness & relevance & needs to be shut down. It is a danger to modern India and is a hotbed for terrorists and anti-nationals.
    Then what is the justification for these single source Universities to exist – at tax payer expense?
    Are there Sikh Universities, Hindu Universities, Jain Universities or Buddhist Universities?

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