Career of Syed Ahmed Khan
Career of Syed Ahmed Khan is highlighted with several achievements, both in the field of political and social aspect.
Career of Syed Ahmed Khan is filled with academic achievements. There were social reforms in Muslim society which were initiated by Abdul Latif. He also founded "The Mohammedan Literary Society" in Bengal. Along with this he also worked towards setting up Aligarh Muslim University.
He, throughout his life, condemned and vehemently opposed superstitions, ignorance and evil customs prevalent in Muslim society. He also believed that Muslim community would not move forward without proper education and involvement of western education. As soon as he realized the consistent decline of Mughal political power, Syed entered the British East India Company's civil service. As a result he was chosen as the serestadar at the courts of law in Agra, responsible for record-keeping and managing court dealings. Thereafter he was promoted to the post of Munshi in the year 1840. Eighteen years later, in 1858 he was appointed to high ranking post at court in Muradabad, where be begun working on his most famous literary work.
With the close dealings with high ranking officers of British Empire in India, Sir Syed gathered knowledge about the British colonial politics during his service at the courts. With the outbreak of Revolt of 1857 Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was serving as the chief assessment officer at the courts in Bijnor. Northern India became an important junction for intense fighting. This conflict had left a lot of people - civilians dead. One time centres of Muslim power like Delhi, Agra, Lucknow and Kanpur were greatly affected. Personally, Sir Syed was immensely affected by the violence and the ending of Mughal dynasty among many other long standing kingdoms. He lost quite a few close relatives who died in the aggression. Although he succeeded in rescuing his mother from the turmoil, she died in Meerut, due to the deprivations she had experienced
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