Srinagar: A three day international conference on “Common Human Values in Sufism and other Religions Thoughts in India” was organised by Centre of Central Asian Studies (CCAS) University of Kashmir in collaboration with Bedil International Foundation at India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi.
The scholars, faculty members, delegates and students drawn from South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Iran participated in the event.
The scholars from prominent institutions of India including JNU, Delhi University, JMI, University of Kashmir, Osmania University and Lucknow University participated and presented their papers in the conference.
Vice Chancellor Prof Talat Ahmad in his address referred to the civilizational and cultural profile of India that emerged as the result of prominent Sufis and Saints in shaping its cultural diversity.
He said Sufis and Saints promoted universal brotherhood and co-existence that subsequently shaped the history of subcontinent.
He also applauded the role of Centre of Central Asian Studies, KU in organising events of contemporary significance
Dr Ehsanullah Shokrallahi, Iran Culture House, New Delhi were also present on the occasion.
Former Vice Chancellor Jamia Millia Islamia, Prof Shahid Mehdi deliberated upon the history of emergence of composite culture enriched from time to time by Sufi saints.
Director, Persian Research Institute, Dr Ehsanullah Shokrallahi in his address highlighted the mystical dimensions of Bedil’s thought and its relevance for the promotion of peace and prosperity in the contemporary world.
Prof G N Khaki, Director, CCAS gave an overview of the academic sessions of the conference and formally welcomed the guests and Prof Qamar Gaffar Secretary General Bedil International Foundation thanked the participants.
Mohammad Shafi Pandith, former Chairman Public Service Commission and Chairman Bedil International Foundation presided over the function.