Srinagar, November 10(KMS): A one-day collaborative seminar was held at the University of Kashmir in Srinagar on ‘Allama Iqbal’s Concept of Humanity’, in a bid to resist Hindutva agenda under Modi government in India, which, today, needs adherence to Iqbal’s philosophy more than ever before.
The seminar was jointly organised by Kashmir University’s Iqbal Institute of Culture and Philosophy (IICP) and Government Degree College (Boys), Sopore.
Dean Academic Affairs KU Prof. Farooq Ahmed Masoodi presided over the inaugural session, while Member, J&K Waqf Board Dr Ghulam Nabi Haleem delivered the keynote address and Programme Executive/Coordinator, All India Radio Srinagar Dr. Satish Vimal was the special guest.
In his presidential address, Prof Masoodi called Allama Iqbal (RA) a great poet and thinker and said that Iqbal’s concept of humanity [as against Modi’s Hindutva ideology] is greatly needed today than ever before. He said that Allama Iqbal (RA) has taught a wonderful lesson of brotherhood and human friendship which is a great gift for entire humanity.
Dr Ghulam Nabi Haleem said that Allama Iqbal taught individuals and nations to work beyond differences by working with humanity and equality in the community.
Dr Satish Vimal said that Allama Iqbal is a poet of love and humanity and the efforts that the Allama made to connect the kingdoms are very important for every human being.
Dr Mushtaq Ahmed Ganai, Coordinator IICP and Dr Salma Ahad, Principal GDC (Boys) Sopore welcomed the guests.
While Dr. Mushtaq briefly introduced Iqbal Institute and its works, Dr Salma Ahad paid tribute to Allama Iqbal by calling him the greatest thinker of his time.
Dr. Premi Romani’s latest book, “Iqbal and Modern Poetry” was released on the occasion.
The seminar started with the recitation of the Holy Quran by Dr Hafiz Shahnawaz Shah, while Dr. Fayaz Ahmed Wani presented ‘Natia Kalam’ of Allama Iqbal.
Dr. Altaf Anjum, Coordinator (Urdu), Directorate of Distance Education KU performed his duties as the Convener of the programme and Dr Rukhsana Rahim delivered the vote of thanks.