Prof Irfan Habib speaks on Gandhiji's struggle for Hindu-Muslim harmony
Aligarh, October 3: Internationally renowned historian and Emeritus Professor, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Prof Irfan Habib highlighted Mahatma Gandhi's die hard struggle for the cause of Hindu-Muslim harmony and his role in nation-building during a lecture organised by AMU's Centre of Advanced Studies (CAS), Department of History.
In the lecture, which was a part of various programmes organised by CAS, Department of History to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti, Prof Habib emphasised Gandhi's courage in upholding the cause of religious harmony during communal riots.
He explained how Gandhi had to deal with the complex society of a diverse India, and the mighty imperialist power like Britain. Prof Habib pointed out that Gandhi through his efforts brought communal riots to an immediate halt in many places.
"Gandhi believed that with the Swadeshi Movement and the removal of untouchability, the necessity of cordial relations between Hindus and Muslims was a leading factor in the social progress of the country," said Prof Habib.
Prof Shireen Moosvi spoke on the relevance of Gandhiji in the past and today's world. Delineating Gandhiji's teachings, Prof Moosvi pointed out that they are more relevant today as the world is desperately looking for ways to establish peace.
She also spoke on how Gandhiji's first mobilization was around the cause of peasants.
Prof S A Nadeem Rezavi, Chairperson, Department of History delivered the introductory speech of the programmes.
Ms Lubna Irfan (Research Scholar, Department of History) delivered a talk on 'Gandhiji and his message to the students' and Ms Zainab Naqvi (M A final-year student) spoke on 'Stand of Gandhi regarding women and how he incorporated women in the struggle for the national cause'.
A special highlight of the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations at the Department of History was the exhibition inaugurated by Mr Suresh Kumar, a sweeper working in Department. The exhibition had the Charkha (Cotton Spinning Wheel) used by Gandhiji, books authored by Gandhiji and rare books on him and the freedom movement.
'Suno suno aye duniya walo Bapu ki ye amar kahani', a song by legendary singer Mohammad Rafi was also played on the occasion. This song was composed to mourn Gandhiji's death on Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's request.
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Related PicturesMr Suresh Kumar inaugurating the Gandhi Jayanti exhibition
Gandhi Jayanti exhibition at CAS Dept of History