AMUAAQ Interactive Discussion on “Role of Aligarh Movement today in promotion of peace, progress and harmony”


Doha: The Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Qatar (AMUAAQ) an associate organization of ICBF under the aegis of the embassy of India held an interactive discussion on the topic, “Role of Aligarh Movement today in promotion of peace, progress and harmony”. The activity happened as a part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” on 16th September 2022 (Friday) at Asiana Banquet Hall, Doha.
Renowned journalist Mr Mohammed Wajihuddin, assistant senior editor of the Mumbai edition of the largest selling English daily of India “The Times of India” was the keynote speaker while Shri Sachin Dinkar Shankpal, First Secretary, Culture, Education and Labour of the Indian embassy Qatar was the chief guest.
The program was conducted by the President of AMU Alumni Association Qatar, Dr Nadeem Zafar Jilani who in his inaugural speech welcomed the guests and introduced the guest speaker, who also is an alumnus of the prestigious university emphasizing his humble beginnings and career achievements. Dr Jilani informed the select gathering that Mohammed Wajihuddin has been invited by Qatar Museums Authority to showcase the cultural heritage of Qatar, especially the museum of Islamic arts and other sites to the world while all eyes are fixed on the forthcoming FIFA World Cup.
Mohammed Wajihuddin in his talk recalled his student days in Aligarh and in a passionate speech laced with historical references and interesting anecdotes outlined how Aligarians across the globe could be a force to spread, peace, brotherhood & harmony bringing communities together. He mentioned that none other than India’s prime minister Shri Narendra Modi described AMU as a “mini-India” reflecting India’s rich cultural heritage, diversity and inclusiveness. He 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 this event.
Mr Sachin Dinkar Shankpal, in his concluding remarks, praised AMUAAQ for their social and cultural activities including blood donation camp, free health camp, beach cleaning drive, sporting & debating activities and assured all possible help from the Indian Embassy. He mentioned that all institutions face ups & downs and expressed hope that AMU will continue to play a great role in India’s growth story. He also expressed his desire to see the AMU campus one day among applause from the audience.
The program started with a recitation from Holy Quran by Mamnoon Ahmad Bangash and an expression of condolences & prayers for Professor Asghar Abbas who recently passed away. Prof. Abbas was a professor of Urdu and has written many books on Sir Syed Ahmed Khan and Aligarh Movement.
Jawed Ahmad, Chairman AMU Alumni Association Qatar said in discussion “It was really very important talk show where we understood how important our role today in promotion of peace, progress, and harmony. He also stated that the need for consistent discussion to promote peace and harmony and take a stand for the vulnerable in all communities and to bring fair, just and inclusiveness in society. He also requested to Mr. Wajuhuddin that the structure of information platforms – especially social media reducing the positive media literacy behaviors, some reputed media sources need to take care of it.
The entire executive committee of AMUAAQ joined the felicitation of Mohamed Wajihuddin with flowers and a shawl. In the end, there was a question-answer session with the audience which included prominent alumni & many dignitaries. Mr Faisal Nasim, VP of AMUAAQ proposed the vote of thanks and the program concluded with a sumptuous buffet lunch. General secretary M. Farman Khan and Executive member Abad Khan also graced the occasion.

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