The Debates and Seminar Committee (D&SC) in collaboration with Department of Political Science of the college organized a One-day Seminar on the theme “Non-violence as a Weapon in Freedom Struggle of India” on 27thSeptember, 2022 under the banner of Gandhi Jayanti celebrations(10 September – 2 October).
The Patron of the event was Dr Shamim Ahmad Dar, Principal, GDC Sogam. The conveners were Dr Tauseef Ahmad (Convener, D&SC) and Prof. Mehbooba Bano (Associate Professor, Political Science) who also presided over the event. The event was moderated by Prof. Sajad Ahmad (Assistant Professor, English/ Co-Convener, D&SC).
The event started with the singing of the College Tarana by the students of the college led by Ms Raziya (3rd Sem). Prof. Mehbooba Bano delivered the ‘Introductory Remarks’ in which she contextualized the relevance of today’s seminar vis-à-vis Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations. She emphasized that the “impact of non-violent method was so great that the British empire had no answer to these powerful methods”.
The event was graced by two Resource persons: Prof. Mudasir Ahmad (AP, Political Science, GDC Women Kupwara) and Dr Tauseef Ahmad Parray (AP, Islamic Studies, GDC Sogam) who gave presentations on “Gandhian Non-Violence: Engaging with the Predicament of Colonialism and Caste” and “Influence of Gandhi’s Philosophy of Ahimsa and Satyagraha on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad”, respectively. Deliberating in detail on his topic, Prof. Mudasir underlined that though “Gandhi is most contested personality in the Indian politics”, but his utilization of “nonviolence to confront the challenges of his time” made him immortal. Dr Parray threw detailed light on nonviolent activism as preached and propagated by Abul Kalam Azad, who was highly influenced by Ghandhi’s philosophy of Ahimsa and Satyagraha, through an analytical study of Hayat Alvi’s recently published book, Non-Violent Activism in Islam: The Message of Abul Kalam Azad (2021).
In this Seminar, four (4) students—namely Ms Bisma Zahoor and Ms Iffat Nazir (both from 6th semester) and Mr Saqib Sarwar (3rdSem) and Ms Bisma Jan (1stSem) participated as speakers on the theme of the seminar. The speakers deliberated on the theme from various dimensions so as to throw detailed light on the topic and to acquaint the audience with the hardships that Mahatma Gandhi had to undergo while championing the cause of the common masses of India through non-violence, civil disobedience and other such means and methods (Ahimsa, Satyagraha, etc.).
Thereafter, Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah (Sr AP, Education; IQAC Coordinator) presented the ‘Concluding Remarks’ by comprehensively summarizing the content of the speakers. Moreover, he advised the audience to inculcate the essential traits of non-violence and truth in their lives so as to make the society bloom with mutual love, respect and tolerance, for every religion teaches and preaches the message of nonviolence. Quoting Islamic Sacred sources, he also stressed that “non-violence is the spirit of Islam”, which was also acknowledged by the pioneering propagator of Ahimsa (Mahatma Gandhi).
Thereafter, Certificates and Mementos were distributed among the Resource persons and student speakers. The event ended with the Vote of Thanks, proposed by Prof. Ishfaq Hussain (AP, English/ Staff Secretary) who also laid emphasis on the importance of conducting such events. The event was attended by over 80students, and the faculty members of the college.