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Prof. Tariq Mansoor is presently serving as the Vice-Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Previously he has also served as Principal, J.N. Medical College, Chief Medical Superintendent, J.N. Medical College Hospital and Chairman, Department of Surgery. He is also the member of Medical Council of India since March 2015 for a period of four years. He is product of the first batch of prestigious Our Lady of Fatima Higher Secondary School, Aligarh. During his school days he has served as House Captain as well as School Captain. He did his MBBS and MS in General Surgery from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU, Aligarh. A surgeon by profession with special interest in Breast and Thyroid Diseases, Prof. Tariq Mansoor has 33 years of Teaching and 35 years of Clinical experience. He has 90 publications to his credit and has guided 49 Postgraduate Medical Students for their Thesis as Supervisor / Co-Supervisor

second day of the AMU literary festival

Aligarh, March 6: The second day of the AMU literary festival 2.0 organized by Aligarh Muslim University Debating and Literary Club, Cultural Education Centre began with attendance and lectures by India Today Consulting Editor and author, Mr Rajdeep Sardesai; former Indian diplomat and Congress leader Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar; Poet and short story writer, Mr Keki N Daruwalla; eminent Novelist Mr Chandrahas Choudhary; writer Mariam Karim Ahlawat and novelist Satyarth Nayak.

In the first panel of the day, Mr Sardesai spoke on ‘Is Indian media democratic: question of equal access, inclusion and representation’. Talking about how geography primarily affects the coverage of news, Mr Sardesai said that if a student has a different opinion from the rest of us, he/she should not be called an anti-national.   

He discussed how the media, instead of reporting the news, is projecting opinions in stories.

While speaking on the topic of ‘Modern democratic India: A Nation of Contradictions’, Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar said that there cannot be a majoritarian view in the Indian democratic set up as India is a collection of minorities with each having an individual identity.

One of the highlights of the event was a poetry reading session by Mr Keki N Daruwalla, in which he recited poetry with shades of history to present the contemporary situation in light of the omni-present social issues.

Mr Chandrahas Choudhary later took a workshop on journalistic writing in which he talked about journalism, gender inequality, Indian novels and his ideas about life.

He also talked about novels as tools of social-political change and connecting novels on an individual basis in creating our perspectives.

During a panel discussion on ‘Indian English Literature’, Ms Mariam Karim Ahlawat talked about history in the contemporary Indian literature and the great amount of research that goes in writing such novels.

Meanwhile, Mr Satyarth Nayak spoke on thriller novels and how this genre of writing gives a unique vantage point in modern literature.

(Dr. Rahat Abrar)

Consultant, Public Relations

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