Hamidullah is a Cambridge-educated Indian whose experience with the English includes the kindly friends in whose home he stayed when a student in England twenty year's previous to the time of the story. He tries to reconcile his Indian friends to a more charitable attitude toward the English officials in Chandrapore. He is fair-minded and willing to work for amiable relations between nationalities until his nephew Aziz is falsely accused and unfairly treated by the English.
A closer look at the efforts of Hamidullah shows the student how the English muff a chance to use this good, clear-thinking, intelligent man to improve the situation in Chandrapore. Hamidullah's disillusionment is evident when his usual affability turns to bitterness after Aziz's trial.