Deteriorating environment of Kashmir evoked serious concern during the inaugural function of a two day conference on Conservation of environment and role of religion organized by the central university of Kashmir ( CUK).
A galaxy of speakers comprising professors, religious scholars stressed need for preserving the environment.
In his presidential address, Vice Chancellor, Professor Mehraj ud Din Mir stated that it was due to ill practices of the mankind that nature bounces back on the society.
" There was a time when we used to get pure water from all water bodies including rivers free of cost but the time has come when pure water has become more expensive for us," he said.
He said some places in Kashmir like Gagribal, Nagbal, Anantnag and other various places were named for having huge pure water resources, however, " the last names of these places have vanished in reality given the deterioration of water bodies." " When we cross limits it bounces back on us. There are so many examples to state in this regard, floods of 2014 are one such example," he said. . Highlighting the role of religion in preserving human values, VC said the religion has a vital role to play in safeguarding the environment.
Earlier in his welcome address, Head of the Department of Religious Studies Professor Hamidullah Marazi underlined various critical themes of the conference and welcomed the local and the foreign guests. He thanked all the guests and especially the Vice- Chancellor CUK for his support in conducting the conference.
In his address as the occasion, Dean Research and Development Prof Mohammad Aslam regretted on how water bodies were polluted by the human race over the past decades.
" Having grown up on the banks of Dal Lake I am a witness of all kinds of pollution.
As a child I have drunk the water from Dal Lake without even boiling it but now I don't even wash my hands with it," he said.
Speaking on ' Moral Crises and Environment' Grand Mufti Emeritus Bosnia Mufti Mustafa Ceric highlighted the importance of purification of the human soul in order to solve the problems like environmental pollution.
" God has created man in a best shape but the ill aimed at to deteriorate environment come out from bad human behavior," he said.
In his keynote address, Professor Lenord Swidler laid emphasis on significance of dialogue in human society and said whole universe is in the constant state of dialogue between mass and energy if observed keenly.
" If we look at it keenly we will find that the whole universe is in the constant state of dialogue between mass and energy. We should remember that nobody knows everything about anything, therefore, dialogue," Prof Lenord said.
Dr Z M Khan from Institute of Objective Studies New Delhi in his address said the human race was not the owner of the nature however it has been made a trustee to use it judiciously.
" We are not the owners of this nature, but have been made the trustees only and it is imperative to use the natural resources with the highest sense of responsibility," Khan said.
Later speaking at the occasion, VC Central University of Jammu Professor Ashok Aima stressed to create the public ownership of our natural assets for our posterity. " That is how we can preserve our precious natural wealth," he said.
Speaking at the occasion, Mufti Nazir Ahmad Qasmi Head Mufti and Shaykh al- Hadith Dar al- Ulum Rahimiyyah Bandipora highlighted teachings of Islam regarding the conservation of environment in order to enable every individual Muslim to play his positive role for the cause.
" One of the basic principles of the Qura'nic guidance is use according to need. This is called conservation. The Qur'an says: Eat and drink and do not commit extravagance.
This verse instructs that if judicious use of natural resources and austerity is made the norm, so many problems related to environment get automatically solved," he said.
Later a book release ceremony was also held at the occasion in which books of Professor Hamidullah Marazi, Dr Showkat Ahmad Shah and Mr Maqbool Ferozi were released.