Deoband rector Mualana Vastanwi resigned amid pressure

New Delhi: 26th Jan 2011

Deoband Maulana who was found distributing Idols of Hindu gods Ram and Krishna ina function in Maharashtra and Praised Modi for the developement and Protection of Minorities Rights in Gujrat has to resign yesterday evening amid High Pressure from all quarters of Staff and students as well as from Deobandi Ideology masses.

Now there are also reports from a Leading Urdu daily  Published from New Delhi that he has published an Ad in Samna News Paper through his Committe of a Madarsa praising Hindu Controversial figure Bal Thackrey on his Birthday.

With the students’ union of Darul Uloom in Deoband adamant on his removal as vice-chancellor, Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi announced on Tuesday that the Majlis-e-Shoora (General Council) will be meeting on February 15 and also that he would be resigning.

Two days ago, Vastanvi had said if the Shoora thought it fit for him to leave, he would quit immediately.

Vastanvi has been in the line of fire for his ‘clean chit’ to Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in the 2002 riots.

Maulvi Saad Jamil Biujnauri, head of Jamaiut-ul-Talba (students’ union) issued an ultimatum on Tuesday that the Shoora be convened within two-three days, adding to Vastanvi’s worries.

Reports in some Urdu newspapers said the vice-chancellor had been officially invited by the Gujarat government to attend the Republic Day parade as a special guest and also the BJP minority cell of Gujarat had plans to felicitate him further antagonized the students’ union.

“We have only one condition — remove the vice-chancellor and that is all,” Saad asserted. “The new vice-chancellor’s thought process does not match the ideology of Deoband,” he said.

Meanwhile, authorities at Darul Uloom revoked the suspension of nine students who were hauled up for unruly behaviour on Sunday. Vice-principal, Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi, said, “The suspensions were just to scare the boys. They were revoked within a couple of hours. Things have have been peaceful here since then. The boys are attending classes. Shoora will certainly be convened. But the vice-chancellor has to decide the date.”

Sources in Deoband say suspensions were revoked after students threatened to intensify agitation demanding Vastanvi’s resignation.


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