South Asia: Shared Heritage: Common Aspirations
South Asia having a population of 157 billion has a lot of potential to progress, but unfortunately historiographers have made us slave of wrong written history. These words were said by Prof. Ram Puniyani while addressing at SZABIST. Prof. Ram Puniyani who is political activist said that US’s propaganda machinery labeled Muslims as extremist, militants, whereas history of fundamentalism is very old and several religious have experienced religious fundamentalism. Now even Hindutva is emerging as a strong force in India. He was of the view that during last thirty years, politics on religious bases have become very strong element. Most of the religions give the teaching of harmony, but unfortunately a very small minority always tries to disturb this peace. He said generally it is believed that Aurangzeb destroyed Hindu temples, which is not true. Rather he provided finances to Hindus to build their religious worship places. During Muslim rule, Hindus enjoy equal opportunities and progress well. During Akbar period Hindu Rajputs had more share in running Mughal than Muslims.
He said it was unfortunately colonial period which divided lines among Muslims and Hindus, for the first time, history was divided into Hindu Muslims periods and Muslims were portrait as evil and enemy of Hindus. He said Sufi and Bhagti Movements joined Hindus and Muslims together. No Muslim ruler forced any Hindus for conversion, in the modern times A.R.Rehman is again one live example.
Brig A.R. Siddiqui said there is a genuine need to introduce “Post partition Studies” course for the students in India and Pakistan. What is done in the past cannot be changed but now we can create an environment of peace and harmony in the region.
Dr. Amanat Ali Jalbani welcomed the guest, whereas Dr. Saqib Rizavi, President SZABIST extended vote of thanks.