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The Making of an Editor, 1857–63

Edwin Hirschmann

in Robert Knight

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696226
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080557 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195696226.003.0003
The Making of an Editor, 1857–63

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This chapter details Knight's first editorship and creation of the Times of India. It discusses his stand on various issues such as his opposition, on moral grounds, against the war with Persia which had resulted in the occupation of the Persian Gulf port of Bushire by British troops; his defence of the rights of Indian peasantry against alleged misdeeds of British officials; and his belief that the Raj needed moral justification. In 1861 Knight changed the name and scope of the Bombay Times and Standard and created the Times of India. By 1864, Knight had become a man of importance and influence, editor and co-owner of the Bombay's outstanding newspaper. He had married and was siring an expanding family. He remained confident that the British Empire, despite its defects, held the best prospects for the well-being of the Indian people. He could also look forward confidently toward his future, personally and politically. He relinquished editorial control in 1864 in anticipation of an extended home leave. He never stood higher than at his farewell of 1864.

Keywords: Persia; British officials; peasants; Raj; Bombay; Times of India; editorship

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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