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Indo-Iranian relations thousands of years old

New Delhi: A function jointly sponsored by Indo-Iran Friendship Society and Iran Culture House was held at India Islamic Cultural Centre on 23 March on the occasion of Nau Ruz, Iran’s New Year’s Day and 55th anniversary of Indo-Iranian Educational and Cultural Relationship Agreement signed by late Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, then education minister of India with Iranian government on 1 December 1956. On this occasion speakers expressed the view that the relationship and proximity that has existed between the Indian and Iranian nations is found in no other countries of the world. It was pointed out that the roots of mutual relationships are thousands of years old, the cultural and social impact of which can be seen and felt even today, long after India’s independence and Iran’s Islamic Revolution.

On this occasion important Indian personalities in educational, cultural and historical fields like Mrs Kapila Vatsyayan, Rajya Sabha MP, prominent historian Prof. Harbans Mukhia, Chicago University’s Professor of History Muzaffar Alam, Prof. Pillai, Vice Chancellor of IGNOU and Prof. Mushirul Hasan, former VC of Jamia Millia Islamia University were honoured with Abu Rehan Al Beruni Awards which consisted of a Gold Medal, certificate and a memento. It may be stated here that Al Beruni was the first Muslim intellectual, thinker and historian who had toured different cities and places in India several hundred years ago and had introduced Indian culture, civilization and traditions to the world through his book Al Hind. On this occasion 55 books published in Iran were also released.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 19

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