AMU Old Boys have a great role to play to generate harmony between India & Pakistan

Addressing a symposium on Sir Syed’s Legacy organized by Sir Syed Mission Committee in Dy. Speaker Hall, Constitution Club, Prof. Bhim Singh emphasized before august gathering of notables from civil society, bar, judiciary, parliament and students that the old boys of Aligarh Muslim University who are spread over in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have a unique role to play to generate harmony among the people of India and Pakistan. He appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Prime Minister, Shri Nawaz Sharief for improving the relations between the two countries in spite of the men in uniform (Army). Prof. Bhim Singh said that the old boys associations of AMU in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other areas should get-together during the bicentenary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the Founder of Aligarh Muslim University. He was born in 1817.

Prof. Bhim Singh also regretted that some fanatics have been exploiting the name of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan by bracketing him among those who created two-nation theory. He said this is totally absurd because Sir Syed Ahmed Khan died at the age of 81 in 1889 whereas the two nation theory was conceived in 1940 during the Lahore Session by Shri Mohd. Ali Jinnah. In 1898 the 13 years old Congress has not conceived of independence and its leadership was still in the hands of colonial masters. This shall be totally unfair and unjust to associate Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s name among the authors of the two-nation theory. Prof. Bhim Singh expressed satisfaction that he studied in Aligarh Muslim University from where he carries the message of human love, dignity and national pride.

Among others who addressed the seminar included former Editor of Indian Express and former Diplomat Shri Kuldip Nayar, Prof. Jaspal Singh, Vice Chancellor, Punjab University, Patiala, Mr. Arif Mohammad Khan, Author & Former Union Minister.