Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is again embroiled in a controversy. This time it is over the use of a map of India with the state of Kashmir missing from it. As per reports, the Department of Cultural Education Centre of AMU had hanged a big poster of India’s map on the campus gate — which had the top portion including Kashmir missing.
AMU spokesperson Shafey Kidwai accepted the incident. “Yes, there was some problem with the posters, so AMU administration had removed all the posters and cancelled the show, for now.
It will again be permitted once the investigation gets over,” he said.
The poster was put up for the publicity of a play based on the life of famous playwright Asgar Wajahat. The name of the play that was to be presented is, ‘Jin Lahaur na dekhya’ (Those who have not seen Lahore).
The famous play written in 1989 has been staged across India over the years by many local and prominent theatre groups and there is nothing controversial about it, but the dispute over the poster with the wrong map of India has stoked controversy on campus.
Sensing trouble, the AMU administration had quickly swung into action.
Not only were the controversial banner and posters removed, but even the proposed play was cancelled by the AMU administration.