Markaz-i Noor, Shaikh-ul Aalam Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies (SACMS), University of Kashmir commemorated Azadi Ka Amrit Mahaotsav by organizing a one-day event titled “Communal Harmony and Co-existence: A Sufi Perspective”. The event was held on 12th August, 2022 in the seminar hall of the Centre. On this occasion, a number of invited speakers presented their views emphasizing the significance of communal harmony and peaceful co-existence in the present times which are otherwise ridden with conflict and violence. The speakers made mention of various Sufi saints of the Valley, particularly Shaikh-ul Aalam (RA), who propagated these progressive values and in the process shaped the syncretic ethos of Kashmir. Prof. G. N. Khaki (Chairman, SACMS) in his welcome address highlighted the role of Sufis and Rishis of Kashmir in enabling and facilitating an environment of peace and tolerance in the Kashmir Valley one that has continued to sustain through the centuries. Prof. Peerzada Irshad A. Shah (Chief Librarian, University of Kashmir) who was the Chief Guest on this occasion spoke about the importance of peace in the present times and revive the lost virtues while living in present world. Prof. Tareak A. Rather (Director, IKS, University of Kashmir), who was the guest of Honour spoke about the significance of communal harmony in the current world order and the need to re-emphazise it all the time. Prof. Tabasum Firdous (Director, CCAS, University of Kashmir), the other Guest of Honour also highighted the multiple strands of discriminaton that exists in Kashmiri society and the need to overcome it. Among others, Dr. Surayia Gull Naqati (Assistant Professor, CCAS) presented a paper on “Communal Harmony and Mystical Thought” emphasizing the deteriorating moral condition of mankind in the present times while calling upon the audience to seek inspiration from the rich and pluralistic culture of Kashmir’s glorious past. The event was attended by a galaxy of academicians, scholars and students. Dr. Muhammad Ilham (Faculty, SACMS) conducted the proceedings of the event and presented a vote of thanks towards the end.
Prof. G.N. Khaki