(Last Updated on : 09/07/2012)
Political career of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan had a glorious phase and was very happening indeed. In the year 1878, Sir Syed was nominated to the post of Viceroy's Legislative Council. He even testified before the education commission to promote the setting of more colleges and schools and learning institutions across India.
In the very same year, Sir Syed also founded the Muhammadan Association to encourage and promote political co-operation amongst the Indian Muslims from various parts of the country. In the year 1886 he also organized the All India Muhammadan Educational Conference in Aligarh, which supported his vision of modern education and political unity for Muslims. His works also helped to make him most important Muslim politician in 19th century India, often influencing the attitude of Muslims on various national issues.
It was seen that apart from all the good works that he did, he also supported the Indian political leaders like Surendranath Banerjea
and Dadabhai Naoroji
to get hold of representation for Indians in the government and civil services. In the year 1883, he founded the Muhammadan Civil Service Fund Association to support and encourage the entry of Muslim graduates into the Indian Civil Service
(ICS). The fear of complete loss of Muslim political power owning to the community's backwardness, Sir Syed was also very much averse to the prospect of democratic self-government that would also give control of the government to the Hindu majority population.
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