Maulana Azad was Cognizant of the Problems that Minorities will face on Both Sides after Partition: Prof. Faizan Mustafa

While paying glowing tribute to Maulana Azad, Prof. Faizan reminded that even after partition of the country Maulana was against the partition of culture. We need to reject the politics of division, he suggested.

Hyderabad: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad fought relentlessly for the unity of the country and stood against the partition till his last breath. Unfortunately, some of the stalwarts he relied upon to avert this tragedy changed their mind at the last moment, claimed Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, Nalsar University & Eminent Legal Expert. He was delivering the “Azad Memorial Lecture” today on National Education Day at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU). Maulana Azad was cognizant of the problems that minorities will face on both sides after partition, he said.

Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan, Vice-Chancellor, MANUU presided over the lecture.

Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan presenting memento to Prof. Faizan Mustafa.  (L-R) Dr. S. Chinnam Reddy, Dr. A. Nagender Reddy and Prof. S M Rahmatullah also seen.

Dr. A. Nagender Reddy, Director, Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad and Dr. S. Chinnam Reddy, Director, National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NITHM), Hyderabad were the guests of honour.

MANUU organized nine-day long celebrations and paid tribute to the first education minister of independent India. His birth anniversary is celebrated as National Education Day across India today.

Prof. Faizan Mustafa while speaking on the topic “Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and Constitutional Management of Religious & Cultural Diversity” highlighted Supreme Court’s interpretation of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad’s advocacy for federal structure of independent India. The Constitution of India safeguards the concern expressed by Maulana Azad with regard to minorities.

While paying glowing tribute to Maulana Azad, Prof. Faizan reminded that even after partition of the country Maulana was against the partition of culture. We need to reject the politics of division, he suggested. Prof. Faizan described Maulana as a trump card for Congress, but he was not used properly.

Prof. Faizan, described students as the main stakeholders of any institution and said the main function of a university is to create knowledge. 

Prof. Syed Ainul Hasan in his presidential remarks described Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as a great personality who had to nurture a pain which intensified as time passed. Maulana was a true multifaceted personality. He did an extraordinary work by translating the Qur’an even though he did not have formal education.

Appreciating his courage, Prof. Ainul Hasan said when Britishers closed his journal ‘Al-Hilal’, he started publishing ‘Al-Balagh’ which means communication, and kept on inspiring people for freedom struggle. He went ahead with it, went to jails, remained under restrictions but did not give up, he added.

Dr. A. Nagender Reddy briefed about the activities of the museum and invited students to visit and avail the facilities available in its library.

Dr. S. Chinnam Reddy advised youth to learn languages very well along with whatever courses they pursue and talked about electricity, water conservation and various natural resources. 

Prof. SM Rahmatullah, Pro Vice-Chancellor while thanking NITHM and Salarjung museum officials for their invitation and suggestions, appreciated memorial lecture of Prof. Faizan Mustafa and said the country will develop if it has integrity along with heterogeneity. Maulana was not an educator but an educational thinker who designed the education system. He established premier education institutions like Sahatiya Academy, Lalit Kala Academy, and UGC etc. Moreover, various aspects of National Education Policy 2020 reflect Maulana Azad’s views on education, Prof Rahmatullah said.

Earlier, Prof. Siddiqui Mohd Mahmood, Registrar I/c welcomed the guests. Highlighting the importance of National Education Day, he said that MANUU, which is named after Maulana Azad, is the right place to celebrate Education Day on a grand scale. 

Mr. Meraj Ahmad, Cultural Coordinator announced the names of winners of various competitions held during Azad Day Celebrations.

Dr. Ahmad Khan, convenor, Core Committee convened the programme and also presented a report of the nine-day long celebrations.

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