Rulers of Deccan symbolize tolerance; seminar begins at MANUU

Hyderabad: The rulers of Deccan symbolizes the composite culture and religious tolerance. A message needs to be propagated. However, this place and its history is ignored by most of the scholars.

Scholars & experts from various walks of life expressed these views today at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) during the inaugural session of two national seminar “The Development of History, Science, Art, Culture and Civilization during the period of Kakatiya and Asafjahi rulers” being organized by Haroon Khan Sherwani Centre for Deccan Studies (HKCDS) in collaboration with National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL).

The Chief Guest, Prof.Mohd. Suleman Siddiqui, former Vice-Chancellor, Osmania University in his inaugural address said that Ibrahim Qutb Shah was the first Muslim Telugu poet and a large number of Telugu poets were associated with his court. Mir Osman Ali Khan, Nizam VII  invited experts from Europe and spent millions to restore Ajanta & Elora caves and he also patronized the temples and educational institutions with gracious grants, he added.

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Dr. Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz, Vice-Chancellor, in his presidential remarks said that history not only provides guides but also gave us courage. We should not forget our history, we also need to strengthen our character to overcome the bigotry, he suggested.

Prof. M. N. Sayeed, Director, Deccan Studies, Bengaluru in his keynote said that there is a need to spread the message of tolerance to the hallmark of Deccani rulers.

Mr. Raheemuddin Ansari, Chairman, Telangana Urdu Academy, Mrs. Oudesh Rani, Eminent Scholar, and Dr. Zarina Parveen, Director, Telangana State Archives also spoke on the occasion.

Prof. Mohd. Naseemuddin Farees, Director, HKCDS in his welcome address briefed about the seminar and also proposed the vote of thanks. Prof. Shahid Naukhez Azmi, Joint Director conducted the proceedings.

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