Saturday, April 23, 2011

On Focus

Once upon a time Islamic civilization was the leader of scientific advancement. Not now. Whatever be the reason. This is the situation that Sir Syed Ahmed Khan tried to change. There is no doubt that he faced opposition from the religious scholars. This aspect is used to paint the religious intelligentsia in very unfavourable terms. This far from truth. If one tries to have a broad look at Aligarh Movement at present moment then the focus on Science and Technology as an instrument for changing the lot of Muslims is conspicuous by its absence. There is any number of experts on Sir Syed and Aligarh Movement who have practically nothing to do with Science and Technology. You do not have to be a scientist or an engineer to be part of Aligarh Movement but to remove the focus from these two disciplines is plain wrong.