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AMU association organises conference on communal violence bill

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The AMU alumni association in Maharashtra oragnised a conference on a bill to protect the rights of religious minorities in India.

 

 Mumbai. Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association Maharashtra (AMUAAM) organised a conference on Communal Violence Bill which has been drafted by a National advisory Council (NAC) consisting of various secular luminaries. The bill proposes to protect the rights of religious minorities and make the state agencies and state forces accountable during the times of communal violence.

The conference was chaired by Dr Asghar Ali Engineer, a renowned secularist who has authored more than 70 books and is also a member of the drafting committee of the bill on violence.

Advocate Irfan Engineer, Director of Center for Study of Society and Secularism and Institute for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, highlighted the importance of such a bill in today’s time and the relief it is going to bring to religious minorities upon its implementation.

According to Dr Asghar there can be a number of ways in which communal riots can be checked. First and foremost would be changing the educational system of the country. He talked about how the biased historical facts and inflammatory information is incorporated within the curriculum and how these distorted and biased articles are affecting the mindset of people. This ends up creating individuals having little respect and understanding of other religions. Such a mindset is volatile and erupts during violent times which results in enormous loss of life and relationships.

Dr Asghar also emphasised that the present laws and by laws available in the country are enough to check any act of violence but are not implemented properly, rather overlooked and laughed upon each time. He was of the opinion that there are parties and individuals whose policies and agendas are going to get a real set back with the implementation of such a bill and hence they are trying their best to stop the bill getting cleared. In such a scenario it is unlikely that such a bill is going to see the light of the day.

During the conference, Dr Asghar also released a book titled, “Jihad in the contemporary period” written by an alumni of AMU and a dedicated secularist Anwer Hussain. The book was published by The Center for Study of Society and Secularism, and deals with the true meaning of Jihad and how it is misinterpreted by various religions and countries.

The conference was conducted by Anwar Hussain. AMU alumni Parvez Khan and Zartab Haider Jafri also addressed the gathering. Khan stressed on the importance of education and the role it play in today’s competive world while Jafri highlighted the role of AMU and its alumni associations in promoting education and the social, charitable and constructive work they are engaged in.

Tanweer Alam, President of AMUAAM, thanked everybody for making the conference a success and also highlighted the various issues undertaken by the association in uplifting the educational standard of the underprivileged and improving the socio-economic condition of the community in particular and underprivileged mass in general. He also laid the emphasis of AMU center and Sir Syed House in Maharashtra and he promised to take these issues with the state government for a speedy solution. Alam also requested all alumni to take the vision of Sir Syed Ahmed khan forward by accepting and contributing to their social responsibilities, and make India a better place to live in by creating an atmosphere of religious tolerance and communal harmony.

 

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