03-NOV-2017: Dept of West Asian Studies concludes two-day seminar
Aligarh, November 3: The Department of West Asian and North African Studies, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) concluded a two-day national seminar on ?Emerging Shapes and Contours of West Asia and North Africa in the Realm of New World Order?.
Delivering a special lecture on the second day of the seminar, Padma Bhushan and renowned historian of ancient and medieval India, Professor Irfan Habib highlighted the role of colonialism and imperialism in the ongoing conflicts. He discussed how certain countries with overwhelming military might entered volatile and scarcely viable polity of West Asian countries ? with a war-plan of regime change but no plan whatsoever for what happened next.
Prof Shamir Hassan (Dean, Faculty of International Studies) delivered the keynote address wherein he highlighted the plight of Palestinians and other oppressed minorities of West Asia. He delineated on grim and detailed story of suffering of Palestinians and other minorities providing a devastating assessment of violence, broken treaties and policy reversals.
In the welcome address, Prof Fazal Mahmood (Chairperson, Department of West Asian and North African Studies) emphasised the close bonds existing between India and West Asia. He said that it is noteworthy that India?s relationships with the GCC countries started growing simultaneously from the early 1990s and took off, also simultaneously, in the new millennium. Prof Mahmood pointed out that the relationship has been based on mutual benefit and advantage.
Prof Ghulam Mursaleen (Seminar-incharge) outlined the vital role played by India and Egypt in the Non-Aligned Movement. He pointed out that India and Egypt with mutual understanding and cooperation had preserved their own independence and played independent roles in shaping the world while defeating colonialism. He further said that the two-day seminar had discussions on past, present and future of West Asia from different angles and numerous positions and points of view have been outlined covering a wide range of themes.
Eighty papers were presented in the technical sessions of the seminar, which was attended by delegates from across the country.
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