Asghar Ali Engineer’s demise a loss for interfaith relations, say Indian Americans
Friday May 17, 2013
The Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC – www.iamc.com), an advocacy group dedicated to safeguarding India’s pluralist and tolerant ethos has expressed a deep sense of loss over the demise of noted activist Asghar Ali Engineer.
Mr Engineer was the founding chairman of several organizations promoting peace, tolerance and mutual understanding between various faiths, and was a leading figure in the Dawoodi Bohra progressive movement. He was the recipient of several awards, including the Dalmia Award for communal harmony in 1990, an honorary D.Litt. by the University of Calcutta in 1993, the ‘Communal Harmony Award’ in 1997 and the Right Livelihood Award in 2004 (with Swami Agnivesh) for his ‘strong commitment to promote values of co-existence and tolerance.’ Mr. Engineer was a prolific writer who wrote on a variety of topics related to social change, interfaith relations, secularism and democracy, and was a speaker at one of IAMC’s annual conventions.
“Known for his passionate espousal of peace and interfaith understanding, Mr. Engineer’s life was an example of perseverance towards the realization of a greater good,” said Mr. Ahsan Khan, President of IAMC. “IAMC commemorates his contribution to democracy and interfaith relations as well as his courage in speaking up for the rights of the oppressed and the dispossessed,” added Mr. Khan.
Indian-American Muslim Council (formerly Indian Muslim Council-USA) is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the United States with 13 chapters across the nation.
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