Sunday, September 7, 2008

8. Sir Syed: an Inquiry

This is a series of blogs about the creation and philosophy of Pakistan and its key actors. These accounts are based on historical facts and references are linked at the bottom.
Nationalism as proposed by Indian National Congress formed in Calcutta in 1885 was seen as a threat by leaders of the Muslim community of India, who gathered at Aligarh in 1886 at the call of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. With consensus, they founded Mohammedan Educational Conference.

From this point onwards, we observe a strange pattern in the history of the Pakistani nation (part of the Indian Muslim community until 1947). Every twentieth year, this nation rises almost unanimously to give a fresh verdict about its future course:
  1. 1886: Mohammedan Educational Conference founded
  2. 1906: All-India Muslim League founded
  3. 1926: Elections on the basis of separate electorates
  4. 1945-46: Elections on the question of Pakistan
  5. 1967: the birth of Pakistan People's Party
  6. 1987: dissatisfaction with General Zia with Jamaat-i-Islami joing the demand for party politics
  7. 2007: the Lawyers' Movement

Despite dictators and tyrants (foreign and local), the people have kept this routine. And no other moments in between - elections, political movements or unrests - match these "peak moments" as occasions when everyone wants to give an opinion about where the nation should go.

You can find out more about Sir Syed Ahmad Khan at Wikipedia.

Next: Muhammad Ali Jauhar, a disciple of Zafar?


  1. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was the pioneer who urges the muslims of subcontinent a separate identity. He compete the britishers and hindus with the weaon of education and made the first Muhammadan Educational Institution for muslims in eightees..

    As described, this nation unites and give its fresh verdict after every 20years for its future course. Now its the time to wake up and to learn from our past mistakes and blunders and revive the history in a new style that leads to the vision of Iqbal r.a and marghadeen should be our destination. We have to come out from the impacts of secretarian, nationalism, hatred from others and bring the peace, cleanliness, patience and helping each other that should be owned. The coming time is more critical than the earlier one so we have to think seriously and move.

    Kashif Javaid

  2. Greetings,

    Thank you very much for this post on this intriguing key figure in the history of Pakistan.

    All good wishes,