ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Justice, Awaited

Syed Mahmood: Colonial India's Dissenting Judge by Mohammad Nasir and Samreen Ahmed, New Delhi: Bloomsbury, 2022; pp 236, ₹ 699.

The authors of the book under review cite the Prime Minister's convocation address at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in 2020 as a major inspiration for undertaking this research project. The Prime Minister had exhorted scholars to take up "lesser-known national heroes as India completed 75 years of independence" (p xxi). As scholars at the AMU, the authors could not have chosen a better personality to study, given the fact that they had access to vast archival material about Justice Syed Mahmood's life. Even otherwise, there is no dearth of reasons to be curious about the life and times of Justice Mahmood (1850–1903). He was the son of the founder of AMU, Syed Ahmad Khan with a glowing list of achievements to his credit: colonial India's youngest, first native, and Muslim high court judge. After all, a work such as this can shed light on his strategic engagements with the British for furthering personal, professional, and communal interests (Lelyveld 1978). Besides, he was a committed educationist, a polyglot scholar who played a pioneering role in Muslim law, a legislator, and an erudite jurist.

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Updated On : 4th Sep, 2023
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