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Sir Aga Khan (Nov 1877-Jul 1957)


Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah, Aga Khan III was bron at Karachi. A personality of international standing who became a conscientious and dynamic mediator between the West and the Indian leaders. He helped the Muslims to build a strong education and political edifice.

He visited M.A.O. College at Aligarh in June 1896 at an age of 19 years and became a life time donor to Aligarh Movement. He collecting millions of rupees other efforts to upgrade Aligarh college to university level. He was appointed as the founding Pro Chancellor of the Aligarh University. To get higher education from universities abroad, he introduced the scholarships for the students.

In 1906, Aga Khan led the simla deputation and met lord minto, the viceroy of India, to demand the political rights of the Muslims. The demands of separate electorate and representation in all elected bodies were accepted and incorporated in the Minto-Morley Reforms of 1909.

On Dec 30th, the same year, All India Muslim League was founded and Aga Khan was elected President of the party and served the Muslims for nine years.

He led the British-Indian delegation to the first Round Table Conference, held in London on 12 Nov 1930, to consider the future of India. Amongst the delegation were present personalities like Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Sir Muhammad Shafi, Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar, and Maulana Fazl-ul-Haq. He was also present in the Second Round Table Conference opened on 7 Sep 1931. The distinguished group of new comers included Mr Gandhi, Sir Muhammad Iqbal.

His victory by unanimous vote in the election for the President of League of Nations in July, 1937 shows his acceptance as a popular world leader.