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Sir Syed Awareness Forum holds seminar on Sir Syed

Aligarh: Sir Syed Awareness Forum organized its 8th National Seminar on Sir Syed and Tolerance here on 2 March. While addressing the seminar, Umesh Chandra Srivastava, District Judge, said that Sir Syed always treated each and every religion equally. Sir Syed was a critic of religious superstitions and he always supported modern education, science and technology. He further said that Sir Syed had no hesitation in accepting rational thinking if the same stood the test of reasoning.

Dr. Asfar Ali Khan, Registrar of Aligarh Muslim University, said that Sir Syed was an example of religious tolerance and communal harmony. He quoted Sir Syed's lecture delivered at Lahore in which he said that the doors of the college are open for all. He further said that in the modern context, Sir Syed's ideology and his life  are very relevant.

In his keynote address, Dean of the AMU Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. NAK Durrani, said that our reactions should not be based on emotions but on logic and reasoning. He highlighted the secular approach of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and said that he was not only secular in theory but in practice as well.

Presiding over the seminar, Prof. Shakeel Samdani, President of the Forum, highlighted various contributions of Sir Syed in building communal harmony in the country. He said, Sir Syed was not only an educationist but also a great law-giver which is proved by the fact that he was instrumental in making many laws. He further said that Sir Syed always talked about Hindu-Muslim unity. The best example of the trust reposed by the Hindus is that during 1857 "mutiny" the Hindus of Bijnore requested the British officers to hand over the charge of the district to Sir Syed Ahmad Khan because they had full faith in him. Prof. Samdani further said that Sir Syed Ahmad Khan always preferred the best talent for the MAO College. That's why he appointed Sir Theoder Baek, a Christian, as the Principal of MAO College. A pledge was taken by the audience that they will promote communal harmony in the country and will try to spread the message of love, affection, tolerance and large heartedness.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 March 2016 on page no. 13

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