Dadabhoy Naorojee, Esq.

Dadabhoy Naorojee, Esq. (1825-1917)
The grand old man of India

Unknown photographer
circa 1889

Photograph
9.7 x 7.7 in. (24.6 x 19.6 cm.)

Dadabhai Naoroji, known as the grand old man of India, was
a Parsi intellectual, educator, cotton trader, and an early Indian
political and social leader. In 1854, he also founded a Gujarati
fortnightly publication, the Rast Goftar (or The Truth Teller), to
clarify Zoroastrian concepts and promote Parsi social reforms.

Representative Men of India, compiled by Sorabji Jehangir
Many Indians and their lifestyle got lost in the shadows due to the
prominence given to Europeans and their pursuits in India. So the
chief magistrate of Baroda – Sorabji Jehangir, tried to document
the many faces of India, its cultural diversity and co-existence of
multiplicity of different value systems. He compiled a collection
of memoirs, with portraits of Indian princes, noble statesmen,
philanthropists, officials and eminent citizens for historical
objectivity and knowledge.

The album physically preserves a cultural era and enables one to
understand the cultural environment, the context, and the way
people thought and acted in those days. It is a living artifact that
promotes understanding and appreciation for the ancient culture
which belonged to us. Every portrait is decorated with an ornate
border to celebrate and extol.