Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU), Centre for the Study
of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, organized a lecture,
entitled, “The idea of Pakistan in the Bengal Muslim Anglo Press –
Star of India: 1932-1949”, on 16th August, 2010, in the conference
hall, MANUU Campus.
Dr. Thiery DiCostanzo, of Starsbourg
University, France delivered the lecture focusing on role of
the English press owned by Muslims during the pre-independence era
of 1930s – 1940s.
Based on the Empirical research
findings of his study, Dr. Thierry analyzed the case of the “Star of
India”, a daily evening newspaper, published from Calcutta.
He presented his case material and
discussed, referring to the then press coverage on the idea of the
creation of Pakistan, as to how Muslims had perceived it as well as
the responses of national leaders on the issue of separate state.
He argued that the English media which
was owned by the elite Muslims during those days could not flash an
outlook on the perceptions of Muslim masses on the Two-Nation Theory.
Faculty members across all the
departments in the University attended the lecture and participated
in the discussions after the lecture.
The CSSEIP’s In-charge Director, Dr.
P.H. Mohammad, chaired the session.
K.M. Ziyauddin, Assistant Professor of
CSSEIP offered vote of thanks.