NEWS RELEASE April 24, 2013
South Asia Democracy Watch Presents
With a Focus on Allama Iqbal
The Dallas based group, South Asia Democracy Watch, will present a unique
international symposium “Democracy and the Eastern Scholarship” with a focus
on the thoughts and work of the noted poet and philosopher, Allama Iqbal on
Saturday May 18, 2013 in Garland, Texas.
The symposium, to be held in Holiday Inn (5110 N President George Bush Hwy,
Garland, TX 75040), will include American congressmen, a former ambassador,
international scholars, intellectuals and a renowned Ghazal maestro from
Pakistan who will sing Iqbal’s poetry and Ghazals of Urdu poets.
American congressmen from Dallas, Marc Vaesey will open the symposium with
his analysis of democracy in developing nations within the context of American
The symposium will include two keynote speakers. Known scholar and former
Ambassador of Iran to United Nations, Dr. Jafar Mahallati of Oberlin College, Ohio
will speak on interpretations of Iqbal’s work in Iran. Another Known scholar of
postcolonial literature at University of Oklahoma, Dr. Nyla Ali Khan will analyze
Iqbal’s notion of democracy in India and Pakistan.
Noted writer and poet Dr. Amanullah Khan will chair a panel discussion on
different insights into the poet-philosopher’s work. The University of North Texas
scholars, Dr. Masood Raja and Dr. Qaisar Abbas will speak on misinterpretations
of Iqbal today and the poet in the 21st century turmoil respectively. Additionally,
Urdu writer and poet Ms. Talmeez Fatima Burney will analyze Iqbal’s concept of
time in her presentation.
Popular music maestro of South Asia, Ustad Salamt Ali, who specializes in semi
classical ghazal will conclude the event with a colorful musical evening. He will
sing Iqbal’s poetry and Urdu ghazals along with his group of musicians.
Tickets for the symposium can be purchased for $20 and $100 per person which
will include the symposium, dinner and the music program. For more details
please visit the organization’s website: www. SADeW.org.