The Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Qatar (Amuaaq) held a discussion on the topic, 'Role of Aligarh Movement today in promotion of peace, progress and harmony,' recently.
Renowned journalist Mohamed Wajihuddin, assistant senior editor of the Mumbai edition of Times of India, the largest-selling English daily in India, was the keynote speaker while Indian embassy first secretary (culture, education and labour) Sachin Dinkar Shankpal was the chief guest.
Amuaaq president Dr Nadeem Zafar Jilani in his inaugural speech welcomed the guests and introduced the guest speaker, also an alumnus of the prestigious university and elaborated on his humble beginnings and career achievements.
Wajihuddin recalled his student days in Aligarh and outlined how Aligarhians across the globe could be a force to spread, peace, brotherhood and harmony, bringing communities together. He mentioned that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi described AMU as a "mini-India" reflecting India's rich cultural heritage, diversity and inclusiveness. He also referenced his much-acclaimed book, 'Aligarh Muslim University: The making of the Modern Indian Muslims' which was launched first at an international platform in Doha by Amuaaq and thanked the team for organising the event.
Shankpal lauded Amuaaq for their social and cultural activities and expressed hope it will continue to play a great role in India's growth story. Earlier, the programme started with a recitation from Holy Qur'an by Mamnoon Ahmad Bangash and an expression of condolences and prayers for Prof Asghar Abbas, who passed away recently. A professor of Urdu, he had written many books on Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Aligarh Movement.
Amuaaq chairman Jawed Ahmad stressed the need for constant dialogue to promote peace and harmony. The executive committee joined the felicitation of Wajihuddin with flowers and a shawl. Vice-president Faisal Nasim proposed a vote of thanks. General secretary M Farman Khan and executive member Abad Khan were also present.