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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Muslim girls break tradition: Contesting students' union elections in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)

Asma Javed
When Asma Javed put forward her candidature for the post of president of students' union, it was a sort of breaking the tradition in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

No girl student had ever contested the election. Earlier, the girls college was separate and had its own union but after the recent recommendations of Lyngdoh committee, AMU became the first among central universities to hold the campus elections.

Asma is the daughter of a police official. She feels that the time has come for Muslim women to participate electoral politics as well. While she is contesting for the post of president, two other girls--Naheed and Samia are candidates for the post of Vice-president and secretary.

The elections are being held today. Victory and defeat are not as important in this election. What is more important is the message.

The confidence with which these girls have decided to contest the polls, is a positive signal. Today they are contesting, tomorrow they will surely be winning.

For decades, it has been men who have dominated the political arena and almost all the social spheres and we didn't seen much of a difference, perhaps, the time has come now for Muslim women to take the reins and bring about the change. Read an earlier post 'Triumphant Shireen walks into university without veil'.

6 comments:

history_lover said...

Assalamu alaikum
It is not true that female students are contesting AMU student union elections for the first time.
They have been elected in the past.

Anonymous said...

It does not matter whether they are contesting the elections for the first time or second, what matters is that they had shown guts enough to make a new start. they had crossed the barriers and broken the shackles.it is a very bold step on their part to contest the elections in a male dominated varsity where they are being rated as second-class citizens.there was a lot of pressure on them from different quarters, but they without any hesitation made a move. they must be appreciated for this.

indscribe said...

@ History-lover: Is it? I had verified from various sources and found that there was indeed union but it was separte for girl students who studied in the women's college....

"after the Lyngdoh committee's recommendations recently the students’ union which had existed at the Women’s College of the university was dissolved in the AMUSU.".

Still I would check it once again. Anyway thanks for commenting after a long time.

@ Anon: Ya, that's what I felt that girls now comiing forward...a very positive sign.

meerasrajan said...

Really inspiring! I think girls in India generally stay out of campus politics because for many of the girls going to college itself had been a struggle. Participating in contests for leadership is a higher level of achievement that many dont dare to aspire for....

history_lover said...

There was a separate union for girl students who were studying in the Women's college. But the Women's College has only undergraduate courses.
For professional courses as well as PG courses and Research,
female and male students study together and used to vote for AMUSU only.
There have been few female members of AMUSU from 1960's onwards.

urdudaaN said...

Thank you, for putting it in the right perspective.