The communal narrative often hides the fact that pre and post-Partition, AMU has been a stronghold of the Left. A galaxy of poets, lyricists, novelists, writers, historians and social scientists with a clear Left leaning have all come from AMU.
No sooner had the mother got down than she burst into tears: “Allah! Aaj phir baghair Najeeb ke wapas aayi (Allah! again I am back home without bringing Najeeb along).”
On the 5th of October afternoon, when I entered Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), I felt silence reigning there amid the din of sloganeering days before students’ union elections. The silence was about the recent expulsion of a Kashmiri student.