Expressing concern over communal polarisation in the country, former Chief Justice of India (CJI) A M Ahmadi said in Ahmedabad on Saturday that “polarisation caused division of the society and it benefitted none”. He made these remarks while speaking at a function to inaugurate a new building of the Shama General Nursing School by the Gujarat Sarvajanik Welfare Trust (GSWT) in Danilimda locality of the city. Ahmadi is a native of Ahmedabad.
“Polarisation on communal lines in the country is a matter of great concern. It causes cultural division in the society. No one benefits from it. It only harms people”, he remarked. Stating that “there is no sense in communal polarisation”, he questioned “why divide the society when it brings no good?”.
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Referring to the presence of BJP leaders including former BJP minister Bharatbhai Barot and BJP MP Kiritbhai Solanki as also Congress party’s Danilimda MLA shailesh Parmar in the function, he said, “I am happy that people of other religions have joined together to realise the dream of this nursing school”.
“Whole nation is like a family and every citizen should work in collaboration with each other like members of a family do”, he philosophised. “Development is possible only when people of all religions in a multi-cultural socety like India come together and work shoulder to shoulder with each other”, said former CJI.
He also appreciated the trustees for setting up a nursing school. He said that his experience of running an hospital in Bhopal showed that it was very difficult to get trained nurses.
Earlier, speaking at the opening of a new building for the Shama English Medium School in Shahpur, Ahmadi focussed on promoting female education. “If you educate a daughter, it is like you educate an entire family”, he commented.
“It is time now for the fair gender to come out of the four walls of their houses and work for the progress of the community and the nation”, CJI exhorted.
All India Muslim Personal Law Board chairman, and rector of Lucknow-based Nadwatul Ulema, Maulana Saiyed Muhammed Rabea Hasni Nadwi, focussing on the importance of modern knowledge and technology to young boys and girls, said “there is an urgent need to equip `madrasa’ (Muslim seminary) students with the latest technology and modern education to remove inferiority complex from them and prepare them to face the modern challenges and solve day to day problems facing the society”.
Former rector of Darul Uloom Deoband and currently running a full-fledged private university at Akkalkuan in Maharashtra Maulana Ghulam Muhammed Vastanvi said that everyone should acquire the best of education as far as possible even if one did not need to take up a job.
“No society can progress without education”, he stressed. Vastanvi had courted a controversy a few years ago for making a remark in media in favour Prime Minister Narendra Modi when the latter was chief minister of Gujarat. GSWT chairman Afzal Memon said that his trust planned to open at least 50 English medium schools in different parts of Ahmedabad in due course.
Former BJP minister Bharatbhai Barot, sitting BJP MP Kiritbhai Solanki and sitting Congress MLA Shaileshbhai Parmar said they were ready to offer their support for setting up of educational institutions to promote education among minorities.