Thursday, December 11, 2014

AMU historian, Dr Imam addresses conference in Lahore

ALIGARH December 10: The conditions of colonialism in post 1857 India led to an aversion by scholars and educated. Throwing light on the topic, Aligarh Muslim University’s Assistant Professor, Dr Hasan Imam delivered a note on ‘Intellectual Resistance to Colonial Rule in Punjab’ during a seminar on ‘Colonial and Post Colonial Punjab’ held at Lahore’s historic Government College.   

In the seminar organized by Lahore Government College’s Department of History, Dr Imam pointed out: “The resistance to colonialism in India, was manifested in armed revolts, social protests, cultural assertions and intellectual dissent. The proscribed literature of resistance, published in the first half of the twentieth- century was banned by the British.” Dr Imam added that this literature written on pamphlets was circulated to create a national consciousness as to how the British introduced a new system of administration to exploit Indian resources.

Further criticizing the British policy, Dr Imam argued that the British did not ban publication; there was ban on the body, ban on seeing, ban on the pen and ban on the tongue.

During the seminar, Dr Imam Quoted an eye opening Urdu pamphlet 'Dard-i-Watan', published from Lahore in the colonial period which states that the

Indians who had been faithfully following their religion, were declared 'rebel

and mischief maker'. “The pamphlet further states that it is better that the British should oppress us to your heart's content…certainly they should leave nothing undone to harass us. The wellbeing of the oppressed one lies solely in harness and it is due to harness that we have awakened,” narrated Dr Imam in the seminar.

While finishing his address, Dr Imam thanked Muhammad Abbas Chugtai, Director, Lahore Archives for showing him valuable documents which included letters of Bhagat Singh and Sir Syed Ahmad addressed to the Governor of Punjab.  

This conference brought together leading academicians from the USA, UK, Germany, Singapore, India and Pakistan who are doing cutting-edge research on colonialism with particular focus on the negotiations between the colonizer and the colonized in social, political, economic, religious, art and cultural histories of South Asia. 

(Zeeshan Ahmad)

Assistant Public Relations Officer

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