Founding Fathers- Sir Syed Ahmed Khan (1817-1898)
“Education, and only Education” was his motto. He wrote about
dozen books on social, religious and historical topics. His famous books include “The Causes of Indian Revolt” and “Khutbat-e-Ahmadia”.
On May 24, 1875, he inaugurated the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental School in Aligarh starting with only 4 students. This was the beginning of a great movement which culminated in the creation of Pakistan.
He laid the foundation of All-India Mohammedan Educational Conference (AIMEC), the first political Muslim forum, which became a launching pad for the All India Muslim League.
To promote Urdu language, Anjuman-e-Taraqqi-e-Urdu was established under the aegis of AIMEC. While talking to one of his friends he stated, “I am now convinced that the two nations will never participate in anything together from their heart. This enmity and conflict, though less emphatic at present, will gain in intensity with the passage of time due to the educated people. He who lives, will see.”
Stanely wolpert said about his vision on the future of India, “the earliest modern articulation of the ‘Two National Theory’, which was to become the ideological basis of Pakistan.
Allama Muhammad Iqbal commented on the political acumen of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in these words:-“I admit of the fact that the strategy adopted by Sir Syed, half a century ago, was right and after the bitter experience of the present times, importance of this strategy is being felt”.