The importance of dissent

The authors tell us, in some detail, about Mahmood the educationist, whose experiences at Cambridge shaped the manner in which learning was imparted at MAO College

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Syed Mahmood: Colonial India’s Dissenting Judge

Jayant Tripathi
Syed Mahmood: Colonial India’s Dissenting Judge
Author: Mohammed Nasir & Samreen Ahmed
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages:  274
Price: Rs 699

The problem with biographies is that they either tend to be hagiographies or hatchet jobs. In Syed Mahmood: Colonial India’s Dissenting Judge written by Mohammad Nasir and Samreen Ahmed, however, the authors make it clear that their book is neither a hagiography nor an apologia, and a hatchet job it certainly isn’t.  It is, to my mind, a well-balanced biography of a man, who was a judge, educationist, teacher, philanthropist, linguist and poet — a polymath of the kind that the 19th century produced in

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First Published: May 12 2022 | 10:36 PM IST

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