A. M. T. Jackson

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Arthur Mason Tippetts Jackson (1866-1909) was a British officer in Indian Civil Services. He was a learned Indologist and a historian. He contributed to many papers on Indian history and culture and was popularly known as Pandit Jackson.[1][2] He was the Magistrate of Nasik[1] when he was murdered by Anant Kanhere for a political reason.

Nasik conspiracy case[edit]

Anant Laxman Kanhere, a 17-year-old student of Aurangabad, shot Mr. Jackson on the 21st of December, 1909 at a theater where a drama was to stage in his honor on the eve of his transfer.[1] It is said that he was shot dead as he had committed Ganesh Savarkar ( an Indian freedom-fighter and elder brother of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar ) to trial. However he was sympathetic towards Indian aspirations, was a scholar of Sanskrit and was popular as a man of learning and culture.[3]

The murder created a great deal of sensation in Nashik, Pune and Mumbai and it even created consternation in the ranks of Indian Nationalists, because of Jackson's reputation as a very sympathetic and popular district officer. Many Indians could not understand why such a good man was murdered.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Militant nationalism in India and its socio-religious background, 1897-1917 by Bimanbehari Majumdar, published by General Printers & Publishers, 1966, pp. 94 & 147
  2. ^ The Sacred books of the Hindus, Volume 18, Part 1 By Baman Das Basu, pp. 5
  3. ^ a b Bombay High Court. "Nashik Conspiracy Case".