Author of “Aligarh Muslim University: The making of the modern Indian Muslim” Mohammed Wajihuddin, in a conversation with Veena Nair, speaks about the motivation behind writing the book, the realities behind the controversies surrounding it, and the impact AMU had on his life.
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The author, an alumnus of the institute, starts by saying his fascination with the university stems from his own days there. He goes on to add that the book is “an attempt to understand how Sir Syed’s movement and his college, and then university, have impacted Indian Muslims.” Starting with a short biography of Sir Syed right to the state of the university in 2020 — the book spans over a hundred years in its attempt to understand the question. The university’s relationship with leaders like Gandhi, Jinnah and Azad pre-independence, the effort to strengthen its position post-independence, and the loss of the prominent position and power it once held are captured in the pages of the book.
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