Distinguished historian and educationist Mohammad Amin passed away on Saturday at a city hospital after prolonged illness. He was 86.
Affectionately called Amin Saheb, the 2010 Padma Bhushan awardee had taught at St Stephen’s College for over four decades and also headed its department of history. He had a long list of eminent personalities, including historian Ramchandra Guha and Union minister Shashi Tharoor, as his students.
“He taught for 39 years in this institution and nurtured stalwarts. He had an inspired sense of vocation,” said Valson Thampu, principal, St Stephen’s College.
Former student Nayanjot Lahiri, who is a professor at DU’s department of history, recalled: “Amin Sahib was a scintillating teacher with an inexhaustible fund of stories about medieval India, many of which were hugely funny. He was truly an institution within an institution.”
“We will always remember him not just as a fantastic teacher but also for his ability to make light of situations, his humanity, breadth and kindness,” said Tharoor, the junior minister of human resource development.
Another student, Sagarika Ghose, senior editor, CNN-IBN, said: “We can’t ever imagine learning about Aurangzeb and Sher Shah Suri without his guidance.”
An active sportsperson, especially a cricketer, he also trained a lot of student in sports. He was conferred an honourary D.Litt in 2009 by Jamia Millia Islamia.
Amin is survived by his wife Khursheed, son, Shahid Amin, who is a historian too, and daughter Ghazala Amin, a teacher and a media personality. His last rites will be performed on Sunday.