The Making of a Dissident, 1864–72

Edwin Hirschmann

in Robert Knight

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696226
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080557 | DOI:
The Making of a Dissident, 1864–72

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This chapter begins with details of Robert Knight's return to England in 1864, highlighting some of the political changes that occurred in British politics since he left in 1847 as well as Knight's reactions towards them. Knight and his family returned to Bombay in May 1868, where he resumed the editorship of the Times of India. Due to the differences with his partner Mathias Mull, Knight had to relinquish the editorship in 1869. Later in 1869 he launched a monthly journal the Indian Economist and Statistical Reporter where his editorial views ranged freely through Indian economy and society. Knight later relocated to Calcutta due to his appointment as ‘Head of the Statistical Bureau of the Lower Provinces’. The mysterious birth of the newspaper, the Statesman is discussed subsequently. The Statesman was an instant success. Knight still considered British Empire the likeliest vehicle for reform and progress of Indian people but also realized that it had fallen into the hands of greedy and narrow-minded people.

Keywords: England; political change; Bombay; Times of India; Mathias Mull; Indian Economist and Statistical Reporter; Calcutta; Statesman; newspaper

Chapter.  19077 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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