Jinnah portrait row: ‘Protesters should also oppose Godse temples,’ says Javed Akhtar

MUMBAI: Veteran lyricist-screenwriter and former Rajya Sabha MP Javed Akhtar on Thursday took to Twitter to voice his opinion on Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).

Reacting to the ongoing controversy at the university, the 73-year-old writer tweeted that it is shameful that Jinnah’s portrait hangs in AMU as he was neither a teacher, nor a student of Aligrah. He furthered that the students protesting should also oppose “temples made to honour Godse”.

“Jinnah was neither a student nor a teacher of Aligarh. It’s a shame that his portrait is there. The administration n students should voluntarily remove it from there n those who were protesting against this portrait should now protest against the temples made to honour Godse (Sic).”

However, twitteratis are of the view that Jinnah and Godse should not be put in the same tweet.


The row erupted at the campus after Bharatiya Janata Party’s Aligarh MP Satish Gautam questions to the Pakistan founder’s portrait on the walls of the AMU Student Union Office.

As many as 28 Aligarh Muslim University(AMU) students and 13 cops injured in clash which ensued when students were marching to police station after Hindu groups protested outside University campus late on Wednesday. Students allege they were targeted by police and were demanding a ban on Hindu groups.