BHU: Urdu Dept HoD apologizes for today’s Urdu poster with photo of Allama Iqbal
A photo of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya was missing on a poster designed to advertise a webinar on Urdu Day, leading to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) issuing a “warning letter” to the head of the Urdu department (HoD) Prof Aftab Ahmad. According to press reports, the University has also formed a committee to “probe the issue.” Meanwhile, Professor Ahmed publicly apologized on Monday, saying he had no intention of hurting anyone’s feelings.
The Indian express reported that the department also withdrew the poster “after a group of students belonging to Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of RSS, objected to the poster featuring the photograph from the Urdu poet Allama Iqbal but not only from the founder of BHU, Pandit Malaviya. The university sent a “warning letter” to Professor Ahmad, although he said his intention was not to hurt anyone. On Monday, the official head of the Dean of the Arts Faculty of BHU tweeted: “The Urdu Department, Faculty of Arts, BHU, is hosting a webinar according to the details given in the poster. Our apologies for the inadvertent mistake made in the previous poster which went viral on social media. The revised poster tweeted by the dean replaced the photo of Iqbal with that of Malaviya.
BHU public relations officer Rajesh Singh told the media: “On the occasion of Urdu Day, a webinar was to be organized by the Urdu department. Department chief Aftab Ahmad shared an electronic poster on Facebook from the department’s official handle on Sunday. (He) had the photo of the poet Allama Iqbal. He added that opposition to the poster started after people started commenting on social media that the poster did not have Malaviya’s photo. On Monday, Singh added that the ABVP students staged a protest and submitted a memorandum to BHU officials, after which the university “formed a committee to investigate the matter.” We also issued a warning letter asking Ahmad for clarification on how he shared a poster without consulting the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and other senior officials.
According to THAT IS TO SAY, Professor Ahmad said: “When I was informed of the objections of some people, I apologized and said that the photo of Iqbal should be deleted and replaced with the photo of Malviya-ji… L The poster was shared on Facebook by some students. I had not seen it before… (but) it is my responsibility even if it was shared by the students.
On November 9, the anniversary of the poet’s birth is celebrated as International Urdu Day and Iqbal Day. Ahmed added that “Many say that Iqbal migrated to Pakistan after the partition. I would like to say that Iqbal died in 1938, seven years before the partition. We teach Iqbal as a poet and writer, who wrote ‘Saare Jahaan se achha Hindustan hamara‘. His writing is taught in Hindi in universities…. You don’t become British if you read William Shakespeare… Iqbal called Lord Ram ‘Imam-e-Hind’, ”EI quoted. He said the webinar held on Tuesday aimed to “promote awareness of learning and education opportunities in Urdu. In Urdu department, every event is started after paying homage to Malaviya-ji. We have always paid tribute to him. “
According to reports in the press, the head of the English department, MK Pandey, will head the investigation committee, which will include Bimlendra Kumar, HoD, Pali and Buddhist studies. The committee was ordered to submit its report within three working days.