Srinagar: Rich tributes were paid to the `Poet of the East’ Dr Sir Muhammad Iqbal on his birth anniversary at glittering function organized at Hamdard Grammar School in south Kashmir’s Tral area on Friday. Special programmes were organized to pay tributes to the philosopher, who helped change the destiny of the people of the sub-continent through his philosophy, imagination and poetry.
Students took part in a debate competition hosted by the Allama Iqbal House of the school. The students in their presentations highlighted various aspects of Iqbal’s life and contributions and impact of his poetry on the political and social situation of Kashmir.
A speaker said that Tral was one of the rarest areas in Kashmir where Iqbal’s poetry was popular during his lifetime. “When Iqbal passed away in 1938, a condolence meeting was held at Tral, which was attended by several scholars of the area,” a speaker said.
Principal of the school, Gojinder Singh said that Allama Iqbal’s Persian and Urdu poetry and his philosophical papers continue to be relevant even seven decades after his demise. He said the morning assemblies in schools of Kashmir are incomplete without Iqbal’s famous prayer lab pe aatee hai duaa– a powerful prayer recited by the children for all ages.
He asked the students to adopt virtuous ways and strive hard to get the leadership role for manoeuvering the nation out of chaos and confusion.