Bihar Prof Under Fire for Demanding ‘Separate Homeland’ for Muslims in Social Media Post


Last Updated: January 07, 2024, 18:16 IST

After his posts triggered unrest on the campus, Alam not only resigned from his post as an assistant professor but also issued an apology. (File Photo/Facebook)

After his posts triggered unrest on the campus, Alam not only resigned from his post as an assistant professor but also issued an apology. (File Photo/Facebook)

Police on Saturday registered a complaint against Khursheed Alam and started an investigation into the case

An assistant professor posted at Narayan College in Bihar’s Siwan came under fire after he allegedly called for a “separate homeland for Muslims” through his social media posts. Police on Saturday registered a complaint against Khursheed Alam and started an investigation into the case. Narayan College is affiliated to Jai Prakash University (JPU), Chhapra

According to a TOI report, Alam, who headed the Department of Political Science at the Narayan College, demanded a “separate homeland” for Muslims. His posts triggered protests by the students prompting the university administration to serve a show cause notice on him.

Enraged with his posts, students staged a protest on the college campus and demanded action against Alam. They also burned his effigy and threatened to boycott classes if he was not removed.

After his posts triggered unrest on the campus, Alam not only resigned from his post as an assistant professor but also issued an apology. “I have never tried or intended to hurt anybody’s sentiment through my posts. If these posts have hurt anyone, I seriously apologize for it,” the professor said in a social media post on Saturday. He also deleted all his previous controversial posts.

In one of his (now-deleted) posts, Alam had written, “United Pakistan and Bangladesh Zindabad”. His other (now-deleted) post read, “… the Indian Muslims want a separate homeland adjoining Pakistan and Bangladesh.”

The university served a show-cause notice to the assistant professor seeking to know why disciplinary action should not be taken against him for indulging in anti-national activities.

“Posting such matters on social media platforms is totally wrong. It seems he is not in a good state of mind. Anyway, we have written to the SP, DM and the Raj Bhavan to take suitable action against him,” JPU registrar Ranjit Kumar was quoted by TOI as saying.

Alam, on the other hand, told TOI that he expressed his feelings only in certain contexts in his posts. “Our Constitution declares India as a ‘secular’ state but the BJP, in its manifesto, has announced to make India a Hindu ‘rashtra’. Presently, the state (country) is not ‘neutral” towards all religions. Courts’ judgments are also ‘biased’ as most of them are against the Muslim minority,” he said.



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