- The Constitution: Article 30 of the Constitution of India gives minorities the right to set up “educational institutions”
- The 1967 SC Ruling: This ruling had taken away the minority status of AMU, but in 1981, Parliament restored it
- Possible Outcome: If the SC strikes down AMU’s minority status, that would apply to all other minority universities.
The controversy over the minority status of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) involves vital questions of the status of the minorities in a democracy. Chief among the issues is the privileges—indeed the constitutional rights—a democracy accords a minority group. What sharpens the antagonism is the fact that the government is led by a party that comes to these issues with a lot of accumulated resentment. And it’s drawing on a much-criticised 1967 judgement of the Supreme Court in an attempt to dilute the right of the minorities to...