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Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a reformer, educationist and a moderniser within the Muslim community in the late nineteenth century. Discuss.

Topic: Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.

1. Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a reformer, educationist and a moderniser within the Muslim community in the late nineteenth century. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: The Hindu

Why the question:

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, an iconic social reformer and founder of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), which has completed 100 years, was born on October 17, 1817.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the reformist contributions of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan to modern India.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Write about how the Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was torch bearer of reforms of late 19th century among the Muslim community.

Body:

In the first part, write in detail about the contributions to Modern Education and step taken by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in this regard.

Next, enumerate the steps taken by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan to work towards Hindu-Muslim Unity.

Conclusion:

Conclude by mentioning the impact of the above measures taken by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.