ALIGARH: Dr. Shakeel Samdani, Department of Law, Aligarh Muslim University delivered a lecture on â€œReligious Tolerance, Communal Harmony and Secularism in Indiaâ€ organized by the Abhyas Mandal, a reputed social organization at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The lecture was held by the organization under its 54th lecture series.
Delivering the lecture, Dr. Samdani said Hindus and Muslims cannot live in peace while quarreling with each other. Both of the communities needed to develop a spirit of tolerance and communal harmony. Both the sections of the society have to live in peace and harmony for taking the country forward.
Referring to the communal harmony in the country, Dr. Samdani claimed that the roots of secularism are very deep in India. We find that many religions like Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism were born in India and this could happen because of the religious tolerance prevalent in the country for centuries. Dr. Samdani observed that Babar willed that cow slaughter be banned in India. Similarly, Humayun is famous for protecting a Rajput princess to honour the Rakhi tied on his wrist by her. Chatrapati Shivaji was freed from imprisonment by a Muslim, while Tipu Sultan used to offer grant to 156 temples from his state fund.
The lecture series is famous for its punctuality and quality. The unique feature of this lecture series is that three former Prime Ministers, namely, Shri Morarji Desai, Shri Chandra Shekhar and Shri IK Gujral have delivered lectures under this series.Â Dr. Samdani is the first AMU teacher to have the honour to deliver a lecture at this organization.