15-NOV-2018: 'World Philosophy Day' observed in AMU
Aligarh, November 15: "Rabindranath Tagore was not a systematic philosopher, but the worldview behind his works and his ideas are complex as well as original. He developed a spiritual humanism that connected ancient Indian philosophical ideas with Western ideas and gave them his own original twist," said renowned political theorist and former Chairperson, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, Dr Subrata Mukherjee while speaking on 'Tagore's Nationalism' at a National symposium organised by the Department of Philosophy, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on the occasion of 'World Philosophy Day'.
He further said, "Tagore believed that human beings could fulfil their potential and find freedom and fulfilment through love, knowledge and freedom, if they succeeded in connecting their narrow self with the universal Being."
Dr Subrata Mukherjee emphasised Tagore was a pluralist, who believed that all castes, religions, and nations can live together in a state of harmony.
Prof Bindu Puri (Head of Department, School of Social Sciences, Centre for Philosophy, Jawaharlal Nehru University) presented a paper on 'Love of Country' in which she delineated Tagore's position on nationalism and cosmopolitism came from love of country and from respect for individual freedom and identification of self.
In the introductory remarks, Prof Tariq Islam (Chairperson, Department of Philosophy) said that the 'World Philosophy Day' observations this year fall in line with the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "In this context, events for World Philosophy Day will highlight the need for new philosophy practices in today?s world, encourage dialogue on the connections with human rights and explore new ways to increase accessibility of philosophical teaching and learning," he pointed out.
The speakers also spoke on Tagore?s understanding on Indian Nationalism.
Delivering the presidential remarks, Prof Ashok Vohra emphasised the need to understand humanism in differentiating Tagore's nationalism with the nationalism in various parts of the world.
Dr Aquil Ahmad delivered the welcome address, while Mr Shaidul Haque proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Zaid Ahmad Siddiqui conducted the programme.
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