Praising 'sabka saath sabka vikas' slogan, vice president M Hamid Ansari expressed his concern over members of Muslim community not being able to fully respond to the challenges in the last 67 years. He was in Azamgarh on Saturday to inaugurate an international seminar organised to mark the centenary of the Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy.
Addressing the gathering, Ansari said "The objective of sabka saath sabka vikas is valid and commendable. An essential requirement for this is a common starting point and an ability in all to walk at the required pace. This ability has to be developed through individual and social initiative and governmental initiatives that fructify on the ground. Programmes have been made, the need of the hour is their implementation."
"The past 67 years show we have not responded to the challenge fully. We have cited traditions and social customs as reasons for this. We have failed to walk in step with our fellow countrymen and women. We have, as a result, exhibited all the signs of social, educational and economic backwardness," he added. He also advised members of Muslim community to overcome challenges.
About Maulana Shibli, the vice president of the academy said: "Maulana Shibli was an encyclopaedic and iconic figure who dominated the intellectual and literary scenes in a critical and formative period of Muslims of India. The world in which he lived and worked was a very different one, perhaps beyond our comprehension today."