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" Gandhi Jayanti " celebration at Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh Muslim University celebrated the 154th birth anniversary of Father of Nation and great leader, Gandhi Jayanti is a day to celebrate the life and legacy of a man who inspired millions to fight for freedom, justice, and equality.

On October 1st, 2023, the day before Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary, the university's faculty, staff, and students participated with extraordinary energy and enthusiasm in a large cleanup effort that covered various regions of the campus. The slum area near Indira Gandhi Hall, controller office, new block at Tibbiya College, cycle stand S.T.S. School, hostel in Ahmadi School for the Visually Impaired, Medical Road, Mirzapur village adopted by the Department of social work, and the area from Aligarh Public School to Aligarh University were among the designated sites where the cleanliness drive was conducted as part of the nationwide "Ek Tareekh, Ek Ghanta" campaign.

Prof. Mohammad Gulrez, vice chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, asked citizens to participate in Sunday's nationwide campaign, "Swachhata Pakhwada-Swachhata Hi Seva 2023," and do their bit to make their nation one of the cleanest in the world. He said that by doing this, Mahatma Gandhi's wishes will be fulfilled, as will the objectives of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India a green and clean nation. Prof. Gulrez engaged in cleaning tasks and watched the exercise in several areas on and around the university campus alongside Mohmmad Imran (IPS), Dr. Ali Jafar Abedi, the nodal officer, and other university authorities. According to Prof. Gulrez, the cleaning was done by the university's objective and the national initiative "Swachhata Hi Seva" and was a genuine service to the country.

On October 2nd, 2023, Aligarh Muslim University celebrated the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi by honoring his birth anniversary at the Maulana Azad Library. The event brought together students, faculty, and staff to reflect on Gandhi's teachings of nonviolence, peace, and equality. By commemorating this special occasion, the university demonstrated its commitment to promoting Gandhi's vision of a just and inclusive society. tribute to such an apostle of peace and a missionary of non-violence. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, fondly remembered as Mahatma Gandhi, was one of those individuals who influenced the lives of many great personalities with his unmatched principle of "simple living and high thinking."

AMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Mohammad Gulrez stated that Mahatma Gandhi was one of the greatest world leaders who inspired many people, including Martin Luther King Jr.,  Dalai Lama, James Beve, James Lawson, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, and Albert Einstein. Even Winston Churchill, according to him, had to retract his characterization of Gandhi Ji as a "naked fake" after seeing the success of the nonviolent campaign. The Vice-Chancellor underscored the universal applicability of Gandhi's ideals by pointing out how the fight for freedom in India inspired decolonization efforts elsewhere. He asked people to uphold Gandhi Ji's ideals of compassion, interfaith peace, and intellectual and spiritual concord. Later, Prof. Gulrez vowed to work assiduously to protect and promote the nation's freedom and integrity. By stating that Mahatma Gandhi had dreamed of a developed and clean country, he also led AMU instructors, students, and non-teaching staff in a "Swachchta Shapath" (Cleanliness Pledge). 

Additionally present was Mr. Mohammad Imran (IPS), Registrar of AMU. Prof. Mohibul Haque (Department of Political Science) observed that Gandhi Ji's significance is felt more keenly now than ever since society needs a messiah once again who can offer solutions for rampant hate and abhorrence on many pretexts. He claimed that Gandhi Ji frequently felt powerless when he observed the world in disarray as a result of conflicting ideas. Gandhi Ji spent his whole life working to spread Ahimsa and the truth because he felt that nothing in the world could be achieved through non-violence, compassion, and love,

According to Prof. Vibha Sharma (Department of English). "Mahatma Gandhi was a great soul who loved even those who fought against his ideals to bring about eternal peace in society using non-violent means," she continued. Students from AMU Mohammad Ali (BA II Year) and Khan Amna Asim (BA Final) gave talks about how Mahatma Gandhi experimented with the truth and how his nonviolent principles are more applicable today than they were in the past. Prof. Faiza Abbasi (Director, UGC-HRDC) conducted the program.

Prof. Nishat Fatima, University Librarian, expressed gratitude to the guests and attendees before highlighting the exhibition's features and mentioning that many of Mahatma Gandhi's handwritten letters, such as the ones written to the General Secretary of the AMU Student Union on January 7, 1937, and to Abdul Bari, an old boy from AMU, on July 29, 1942, are the exhibition's special highlights. According to her, Gandhi Ji had a unique bond with Aligarh Muslim University and paid a visit there in 1920.

 The Vice-Chancellor had earlier that day opened an exhibition of rare books, documents, and framed glossy and matte photographs that depicted Mahatma Gandhi's early years, his life as a supporter and civil rights activist, his involvement in the Indian freedom struggle, and the activities at Sabarmati Ashram. The two-day show, accessible to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., ended on October 3.



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