More on Ummid: International l National Regional l Politics Sports Religion l History l Culture l Education



Finally, nod to Azim Premji University

Protest Rally against Terrorism, Government inaction in Assam

Meet India's youngest headmaster

Domestic maidservants in MP to get photo IDs

After elections come predictions, Cong has an edge: exit polls

Elections in three states by and large peaceful

Refuse the Nobel Peace Prize, Ex-Australian FM to Obama

Dahod civic body demolished graveyard to build roads

Accessing ATMs of any bank closes from Oct.15


Congress out of the race in Malegaon: Exit Poll: According to Exit Poll, Mufti Mohd. Ismail - leader of the ruling political....Read Full

After elections come predictions, Congress has an edge: Exit polls

‘Muslims prefer better candidates over political groups’, survey report

Is it a Crime to be born a Muslim in India?: The rising tide of communal violence from the decade of 1980 has...... Read Full

'When London, Singapore and Tokyo can have Islamic banks, why not India?


Pseudo-Messianic Movements in Contemporary Muslim South Asia: Messianic hopes and expectations are common to almost all religions. The messianic figure that almost all religions expect to arrive some time towards the end of the world is generally.... Read Full

Are the banks in India only for the elites?: “This financial exclusion (of Indian Muslims) could be because of a certain mindset prevailing in the banking sector, which has categorized Muslims and Muslim dominated....Read Full

Israeli media tycoon bidding for partial Al-Jazeera shares: An Israeli billionaire has offered to buy Al-Jazeera satellite television network from the Government of Qatar. Al-Jazeera is the most.... Read Full

Was Obama given Nobel peace prize to pressurize him to deliver on peace promises? : Barack Obama has not won the Nobel Peace Prize as a reward for his peacemaking efforts...... Read Full


More on ummid


Story of an Indian Muslim and his business in Portugal: As chairman of a Portuguese bank that has been raising finances for Indian companies, Lisbon-based Abdul Magid Abdul  .... Read Full

World March for Peace and Non-violence reaching India on October 11: "The World March for Peace and Non-violence, started on 02 October 2009 at New Zealand after going through Australia to Philippines.... Read Full

Al-Aqsa Mosque sovereignty under threat: Tension over control of the Haram al-Sharif compound of mosques in Jerusalem's Old City has reached a pitch unseen since clashes at the site sparked the second Palestinian intifada....... Read Full

Uniform Civil Code is a highly ‘sensitive’ issue: CJI: Uniform Civil Code is a highly “sensitive” issue in the country where people belonging to different races, castes and communities ....Read Full



Computer whiz uses investment savvy to battle life-threatening blood disease: Saif Ahmad earned his PhD in computer science by ..... Read Full

Indian student shines at Islamic University of Madinah in KSA: Exhibiting a fabulous personal performance, an Indian student from Malegaon .... Read Full

Indian American shares Chemistry Nobel with two others: Indian-origin scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan shares the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year with Thomas A. Steitz and Ada E. Yonath, it...... Read Full

Girl students exult again, this time in M. Sc.: After SSC, HSC and UPSC exams, the girl students extended their winning streak yet again by securing the top two slots in the list of the successful......Read Full


Taj city marks Akbar's birthday with nostalgia

Thursday, October 15, 2009 01:52:33 PM, IANS

Agra: Wishing Mughal emperor Akbar happy birthday Thursday, a clutch of local conservationists got together here to recall his contribution to the enrichment of Hindustani culture and his secular concepts. They said Agra would have been a different place had he been alive.


While the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) perhaps forgot all about it, the Braj Mandal Heritage Conservation Society made it a point to mark the occasion. After all, it was in Agra that Akbar had spent many years of his life.


Conservation Society president Surendra Sharma, claiming to speak on behalf of Akbar, read out a decree listing what all needed to be done to restore the Taj city's lost glory and historical importance.

Had Akbar been alive, we "would not have been helpless spectators to the torturous killing of the city's lifeline Yamuna", Surendra Sharma said.


Historian Ramesh Chandra Sharma said: "Akbar's experiments in governance, his ideas relating to coexistence and mutual tolerance of each other's faith and recognition of talents like the nine jewels, have to be seen as part of a rich legacy he left behind."


Akbar's commitment to freedom of expression and respect for contrary views should be taken note of by the fundamentalists, Sharma added.


Akbar, a popular ruler of his time, was known for his intellectual contribution and advocacy of a composite culture through his Din-e-Ilahi, a concept that is of relevance in the present context of terrorism and religious intolerance, said retired wing commander H.S. Sisodia.


Other rulers like Shah Jahan were famed more for their architectural ideas whereas he is widely considered the greatest of the Mughal emperors and has been christened "Akbar the Great", Sisodia said.


Talking about the sad state of urban planning in Agra, speakers accused government agencies of destroying the ethos of this Mughal city.


V.P. Singh said politicians of all hues were hell bent on rampaging the grand Mughal city with Quixotic ideas that had resulted in haphazard planning.


Eco-activist Ravi Singh said the historical monuments in Agra city were in a bad shape. "The conservational efforts were poor. While developing new areas, no care was taken to ensure that the new structures were compatible with the Mughal ethos of this city," Singh said.


Others said Akbar's tomb in Sikandra and the Agra Fort needed urgent conservational efforts. They also suggested that the city be made home to a Mughal museum and special arrangements be made for tourists to experience authentic Mughlai cuisine.


A 10-point charter of demands relating to infrastructure development and improvement in civic amenities was presented as a 'firman' or decree from Akbar for implementation by the district authorities.








  Bookmark and Share

Home | Top of the Page

  Comment on this article

E-mail Address:
Write here...
 Home | Contact Us | Disclaimer | Terms of Use | About Us | Feedback

Ummid Business: Advertise with us | Careers | Link Exchange is part of Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and condition mentioned.