A controversy erupted on Tuesday after the Urdu department of Banaras Hindu University shared a poster with a photograph of Allama Iqbal, the literary figure and Urdu poet who is credited with having inspired the movement that eventually led to the creation of Pakistan.
Iqbal, who is known as one of the greatest Urdu poets, was one of the most vocal proponents of the two-nation theory. He died in 1938 and Pakistan was formed in 1947.
Professor Aftab Ahmad, the head of the Urdu department, had to publicly apologise after a group of students belonging to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad raised concerns about the poster and questioned why photos of Madan Mohan Malviya, the founder of the university, were missing, The Indian Express reported.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad is the students’ wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological parent of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
On Monday evening, students of the body also held protests against the poster and submitted a memorandum to Banaras Hindu University officials.
The poster, made for a webinar, was removed from Facebook. A new poster shared by the dean in a tweet replaced Iqbal’s photo with that of Malviya. “Sincerest apologies for the inadvertent mistake in the earlier poster that went viral on social meda,” the…