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Scientific temper and humanitarian approach needed to solve today’s problems
By Obaid Nasir, Lucknow
Scientific temper and humanitarian approach is the need of the hour to save the humanity from the present turmoil and as far as Islam is concerned there is no conflict between its teachings and the scientific temper’ says Maulana Rabey Nadwi, rector of Nadwatul Ulama while presiding over a seminar on the above mentioned topic organized by Urdu Scientific Society.
Prof. Shamim Jairajpuri speaking at the seminar
He said that knowledge is like a lamp post which shows the path in darkness. For about five hundred years Muslims played dominating role in the field of knowledge particularly science but later on the situation changed and reached a state where Muslims are considered to be most ignorant and they have to see towards west for knowledge. He said that very few countries of international community could match the talent and resources of our country. The need of the hour is that they are channelised for constructive purpose and scientific temper is created with the knowledge of science.
The renowned ethno-botanist professor SK Jain addressing the seminar in chaste Urdu emphasized the need of scientific temper, humanitarian approach and tolerance. He said the differences are bound to emerge among different sections of societies just as they emerge in a family but with the humanitarian approach and a sense of peaceful coexistence they must be solved so that every section of society may contribute its share in nation building. He said that even the religious differences could also be solved if one has scientific temper, that means a sense of reasoning and seeing the issues in broader perspective.
The show was however stolen by Professor Roop Rekha Verma former VC of Lucknow University who came down heavily on saffronization of education. Terming Murli Manohar Joshi the HRD Minister, chairmen of UGC and NCERT as the biggest hurdle in the way of scientific temper in young generation, she said that bigotry, intolerance, and communal exclusiveness is being taught to young generation in the name of cultural nationalism. She said that the present dispensation is trying its best to seal the minds of our young generation and snatch from them the sense of reasoning and ability to ask question as any body doubting what is taught in the name of vedic knowledge is termed as anti-national. She invited the distinguished gathering to come to Lucknow University and have a look on the ongoing 89th Science Congress and see for themselves how the heavy dose of Hindutva is being served even in science and other fields of knowledge. She asked them to standup against the evil designs of this government as it is not the question of any particular community but it is the question of saving the future of young generation whose mind is being spoiled by the teachings based on whims and fancy.
Justice (Retd) Murtuza Husain said that the present day situation is stirring the minds of all sensitive persons, be they scientists, writers, poets or an ordinary member of the society. No one is looking on himself but is blaming others for the evils plaguing the society. At the world level the super powers are not introspecting and are in search of soft targets in the name of war against terrorism. What they have done with weaker countries and communities is worse than terrorism, he said.
The key note address was given by Prof Shamim Jairajpuri Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University. He emphasized the need of acquiring knowledge from wherever that may be got. He said that there is no conflict between religion and science. He said that Islam teaches us to live and let others live. He said that I do not see any evil in America and am not pessimist about the future of my own country, India. He said that India has the best talent and scientists, economists, IT personnel, technicians and others who have earned fame in foreign countries also. Our talent is respected all over the world. Emphasizing the need of scientific temper in our day-to-day life he said that Islam is the most scientific religion and all its teachings are based on knowledge and it encourages reasoning and questioning.
Regarding Maulana Azad Urdu University he disclosed that when he was first assigned the responsibility of this university he was very hesitant due to poor teaching of Urdu, non-availability of Urdu books particularly on science and other modern subjects. But with the passage of time all the problems have been overcome and now the University has more than 15000 students and all subjects in science, humanities etc, are being taught at different study centres of the University spread all over the country.
Professor Chaudhary Naeem of Chicago University emphasized the need of unity and to do away with the nation’s boundaries. He said that Europe after the bitterness of about 500 years including two world wars that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. has realized the follies of confrontation and has started coming closer. First they did away with passport, visa system and have now adopted the common currency, the Euro. This is a revolutionary step that has unnerved even the United States. This will go a long way in saving the human beings from holocaust and disaster. If the rulers in the sub-continent countries will not read the writings on the wall, history will not pardon them.
Dr Razai Naseem retired deputy director of Central Drug Research Institute Lucknow, Dr (Mrs) Nassem Iqtedar Ali, and other distinguished scientists addressed the seminar. Secretary of the Society Dr Iqtedar Ali Farooqui arranged the seminar and brought the scientists to attend this seminar in spite of their busy schedule with the 89th Science Congress that was going on in Lucknow University.