OZHIKODE/MALAPPURAM: Union minister of state for human resources development Shashi Tharoor has said that through his life freedom fighter Mohammed Abdurahiman Sahib has shown the world how one can be a good nationalist and at the same time true believer of one’s religion and faith.
He was speaking after inaugurating the Indianness Mohammed Abdurahiman Sahib Academy at Town Hall, here on Sunday.
“Abdu Rahiman Sahib, just like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad combined a strong and unyielding faith in Islam along with an equally strong and unyielding nationalism for India,” he said adding that both the leaders had resisted the two nation theory.
Tharoor said that Indian nationalism is not based on language, religious beliefs, ethnicity or geographical boundaries. “It is a nationalism that exemplifies our diversity and the unique concept of one land embracing many,” he said.
Delivering the presidential address, academy director M P Abdussamad Samadani said the new cultural organization would strive for nurturing patriotic sense among the youth and help them to be flag bearers of national integration. “The academy was established in memory of Abdu Rahiman Sahib as his contributions were instrumental for promoting national unity during the struggle for independence,” he added.
Meanwhile, Tharoor also visited the AMU campus at Chelamala near Perinthalmanna. He said he will convene a high-level meeting of the officials of HRD ministry at Delhi to discuss the development of the AMU centre.
He said he will take appropriate steps to get final approval for the proposal for the development works worth Rs 140 crore. The proposal is under the consideration of expenditure finance committee. Minister also said the ministry will resolve the issue of the less representation of Kerala students in the AMU centre.
Times of India, 10 Dec 2012