IOS silver jubilee celebrations

Towards Knowledge, Development and Peace-outlining Road maps for the Future

New Delhi: “India will be ahead of the US in knowledge and development in the next three decades. At a time when it is emerging rapidly as a country having the greatest population of youths in this world, it is very necessary to put in great effort, like that of the freedom movement to make this knowledge accessible to each and everyone”, said Veeraappa Moili, Union Minister of Law and Justice while inaugurating a 3-day Institute of Objective Studies conference on “Towards Knowledge, Development and Peace-outlining Road maps for the Future”, here on 15 April at IICC, marking the institute’s silver jubilee celebrations.

Speaking at the inaugural session chaired by Justice AM Ahmadi, Mrs. Puran Deshwari, Union Minister for Human Resources Development, said that the modern concept of knowledge and development is based on economy and consumerism, because of which inequality and injustice are prevalent in the world and establishing peace has become very difficult, so it is imperative to give globalization a human face.

In her message, Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of UPA, hoped that the IOS would continue its positive efforts for the development of the country. On the occasion Prof. AR Momin, Prof Vinai Shil Goutam, founder director of IIM, IOS chairman Dr Manzoor Alam, Prof. ZM Khan, and Christian leader Dr John Dayal also expressed their views.

On the second day of the conference, Justice Rajender Sachar, former chief justice of Delhi High Court, said that the main cause of conflict and strife in the world is social inequality and injustice, so the troubled world now is in search of a deliverer, and Islam as a major ideological power can preach this ideology of deliverance. It is the right time to present the Islamic concept of peace and development, and Islam itself being a religion of peace, there is no contradiction in doing so.

On the third day of the conference Justice Markundey Katju of the Supreme Court of India, delivering his address at the valedictory session, said that all Indians are progenies of “Bahar” (foreign) and not of Babar, because India is the home of migrants. It is an abode of different nations and cultures, so its culture is a composite one. He said that India’s Muslim rulers in general and the Mughals in particular, had inculcated an atmosphere of common friendship and communal bonhomie and not of sectarian violence, which was badly damaged by wrong writing of history and distortion of facts.

Other speakers at this conference included Maulana Jalaluddin Umri, JIH chief, Maulana Saidur Rahman Azmi, chancellor of the Integral University of Lucnow, Prof Kamal Hasan, former rector of the International Islamic University of Malaysia, Prof. Sameer Fakhro, Vice Chancellor of Arab Open University, Dr AR Qidwai, former governor of Haryana, Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice Chancellor Law University Orissa, economist Abu Saleh Sharif, Dr Arshi Khan, Dr Ausaf Ahmad and Mr. Walson Thumpo of Church of North India and others.

Thirty scholars and social activists were also awarded mementoes during these celebrations. The conference concluded with the adoption of a 9-point resolution, which demanded that the government promote education especially amongst minorities and deprived sections, to set up more educational institutions and also set up equal opportunities commission. It also demanded the end of injustices in every field for the sake of establishing peace and understanding.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 8

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