National Seminar on “The Arab Spring and Peace in West Asia” at AMU
Former Vice Chancellor of the Allahabad University, Prof. R.G. Harshe pointed out that the region of middle east has strategic importance because it has oil and gas reservoirs and has gave birth to three major religions of the world, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. He said that a question is raised that Islam is democratic or not? Prof. Harshi said that it is an absurd question because Islam was always democratic. He was addressing national seminar on “The Arab Spring and Peace in West Asia” organized by the Centre of West Asian Studies, Aligarh Muslim University. Prof. Harshi said that rising unemployment, modern communication system like internet and facebook and ever increasing education have contributed much in Arab uprising. He said that we have to see the effects of Arab uprising as heavy interest of America are involved.
Presiding over the seminar, AMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. P.K. Abdul Azis said that after first and second world war, the western powers had divided the Arab world considering their own interests. Whatever is happening today, is the outcome of that fictitious re-mapping of Arab world. Prof. Azis said that this seminar should deliberate on the creation of Israel on the Arab world. He pointed out that first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had established functional relations between India and Arab world. Prof. Azis said that India has strong historical relations with Arab nations and hoped that recent developments will be productive to Arab nations.
Dr. Gulshan Dietel of Jawaharlal Nehru University said that the recent uprising is negative or positive will be known after some time but it’s a fact that America practices selective democracy. It supports or oppose democratic movements according to its own interests.
Earlier, Chairman of the Department Prof. Shamir Hasan welcomed the delegates and guests. Coordinator of the seminar Prof. Mohd. Gulrez elaborated on the topic. The seminar was conducted by Prof. Nazim Ali and the vote of thanks by Prof. Shamir Hasan.