Opinion S.K. Saksena – Conflict resolution: The sagacity of Aga Khan III and his grandson Aga Khan IV

Opinion S.K. Saksena - Conflict resolution: The sagacity of Aga Khan III and his grandson Aga Khan IVIn my last article about the migrant situation in Germany, I had concluded by regretting the lack of statesmen who can lead people on the path of co-operation, rather than that of confrontation. Reading the biographies of Aga Khan III and the present Aga Khan IV, one can only marvel at their sagacity in matters of peaceful resolution of conflicts.

Aga Khans are the dynastic Imams of the Nizari Ismaili (Khoja) community. This community is mostly spread over the Indian subcontinent and Africa. Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III was the 48th Imam of the Ismailis (1885 – 1957). After his installation as the Imam, he travelled all over the world meeting his flock. During these visits his objective was of giving them a sense of direction in keeping with the changing times, or of settling differences or of advancing their welfare. He placed great emphasis on education of the girl child. Most of the members of the community are in business and he was concerned that they should not be looked upon as exploiters by the local Africans. Riots against Indians were quite common in Africa those days.

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