Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan (1817-1898), an idealized painting
(downloaded April 2001)
From a family website maintained by a descendant of Sir Sayyid's.
"From the seed which we sow today there may spring up a mighty tree
whose branches, like those of the banyan of the soil, shall in their turn
stike firm roots into the earth and themselves send forth new and vigorous
saplings. This college may expand into a university whose sons shall go
forth throughout the length and breadth of the land to preach the gospel
of free enquiry, of large hearted toleration, and of pure morality." --
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan [source: same web page]
Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan late in life, a photograph
Source: David Lelyveld, Aligarh's First Generation: Muslim Solidarity
in British India (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978), p.
5; scan by FWP, Nov. 2002
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