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Putting history in today’s time frame

By: Eastern Eye Staff

by Amit Roy IF YOU are comfortably seated, here is your starter question for 10: what row unites Oxford and Aligarh Mus­lim universities? The answer is, of course, a con­troversy over removing portraits. Since 1938, the Aligarh Muslim University, a respected educational establishment in India founded in 1875, has had a portrait of Muham­mad Ali Jinnah, once a champion of Hindu-Muslim unity, but later the foremost champion of a separate Pakistan for India’s Muslims. It is for this reason that the pre­sent chief minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled state of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, wants Jinnah’s portrait to be…

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