Dept of Philosophy celebrates ?World Philosophy Day?
Aligarh, November 17: The Department of Philosophy, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) celebrated ?World Philosophy Day? with a national symposium on ?Interreligious Understanding? at the Faculty of Arts Lounge in AMU. The Symposium was sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research and Aligarh Muslim University.
Distinguished speakers Prof Ashok Vohra from University of Delhi, Prof Dileep Kumar Mohanta from University of Calcutta and Prof Tasadduq Hussain from AMU presented their perspectives on the theme.
Prof Tasadduq Husain observed that Darashikoh?s understanding was that all religions are ultimately one and that the coming of Prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was predicted in the Upanishads.
Prof Ashok Vohra shared Mahatma Gandhi?s view that people should respect their own religion and they should never give up their faith and similarly all religions should be respected to promote interreligious understanding.
Prof Dileep Mohanta suggested that the Buddhist adoption of the middle path can be considered as a model for interreligious understanding since in its very tenets, it treats all religions equally without neglecting any belief.
Prof Tariq Islam (Chairperson, Department of Philosophy) stated that interreligious understanding is suffering primarily because of privatization of religion in modernity and the solution is to bring it into public discursive discourse.
Prof Anwar Alam initiated the interactive session pointing out that religion is response of the individual, who is free to choose within the faith, his framework of values. Mr Zaid Ahmad Siddiqui (Organising Secretary) delivered the welcome speech. Mr. Shahidul Hoque proposed a vote of thanks, while Mrs Atia Latif conducted the programme.
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Related PicturesProf Dileep Mohanta addressing the national symposium on interreligious understanding
Prof Ashok Vohra from University of Delhi addressing the national symposium on interreligious understanding