Vice President Expresses Concern that Past Sixty Seven Years show that we have not Responded to Challenge Fully



Vice President Expresses Concern that Past Sixty Seven Years show that we have not Responded to Challenge Fully

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has expressed his concern that the past sixty seven years show that we have not responded to the challenge fully. We have cited tradition and social custom as reasons for this. We have failed to walk in step with our fellow country men and women. Delivering inaugural address at the “International Seminar to mark the Centenary of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy at Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh” today, he said that we have, as a result, exhibited all the signs of social, educational and economic backwardness. Each of these can be surmounted, given the organisation and the will to succeed.  

He said that any segment of our vast and diverse population has the right as citizens to demand from the State four essentials: 

·                Social peace, physical security and protection of identity;
·                Empowerment through appropriate education;
·                A fair and equitable share in employment and the largesse of the State since unequal economic opportunities lead to unequal outcomes which in turn lead to unequal access to political power; and
·                Participation in decision-making.

The Vice President said that Maulana Shibli was an encyclopaedic and iconic figure who dominated the intellectual and literary scenes in a critical and formative period of Muslims of India. The world in which he lived and worked was a very different one, perhaps beyond our comprehension today. His life, his travels, his circle of friends, and above all his scholarship all testify to a searching mind. His great scholarly work, Al Farooq, was translated in many languages. Another work, Shairul Ajam, on the history of Persian poetry, was described by E.G. Brown in his four volume Literary History of Persia as ‘the best critical estimate of leading Persian poets from the earliest times to the latter part of the seventeenth century.’ 

He said that one of the questions Maulana Shibli Nomani confronted related to education in the context of a particular brand of modernity that was thrust on India and Indians in the wake of the establishment of the British rule. Underlying the quest for change was a deeper, psychological perception reflective of dispossession. Shibli expressed this distress in his long poem Shehr-e-aashob-e-Islam.

The Vice President said that for a century now, the Shibli Academy has contributed to scholarship, particularly in the field of Seerat-un Nabi, early Islamic history, Quraniyaat, Indian history with a focus on the medieval period, and Urdu, Persian and Arabic literature and literary personalities. The compendium of its publications is impressive, and is a tribute to the past and present scholarship. This institution, along with some others in the country, has devoted itself specifically to the culture and history of Islam. India and Indians rightly consider it an essential ingredient of their heritage and an aspect of their multi-dimensional identity.
Vice President Expresses Concern that Past Sixty Seven Years show that we have not Responded to Challenge Fully Vice President Expresses Concern that Past Sixty Seven Years show that we have not Responded to Challenge Fully Reviewed by Ajit Kumar on 6:34 PM Rating: 5

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