never was and will never be part of India - Intifada
REVEREND CANNON CECIL TYNDALE BISCOE
Samaritans of India, Pakistan, China and on international level support the just cause of Kashmir as every honest opinion helps to give credence to factuality.
BISCOE SCHOOL SHEIKH BAGH, SRINAGAR - KASHMIR (Photo courtesy Pandit brother)
Tyndale-Biscoe quadruplet on the school motto "They say, what they say, let them say, what they say" in English and the vernacular (woh baktein hein kya baktein hein; baknaey dow jo baktein hein) would be on everyone´s lips. A polite but firm reply to adversaries that he had a mission to complete. Educating illitrate Kashmir´s Muslim population became a threat to elite and educated minority community and Biscoe thereafter faced a number of intrigues to sabotage his mission but Biscoe´s resilient and committed efforts culminated into a success story.
Biscoe´s efforts to educate and create consciousness in uneducated general public of Kashmir faced onslaught and sabotage from learned elite of minority community. Education monopolised by few even succeeded in poisoning the Muslim clergy against a "sinister plan of a Christian" to convert the local population. Biscoe fighting opposition and mischief supported by like minded enlightened few economically sound Muslims managed to start a school in the midst of illiterate population downtown city (Fateh Kadal, 3rd Bridge), controlled by Muslim religious orthodoxy, which by and by in spite of hurdles and impediments laid solid foundations for educating illiterate Muslim majority of Kashmir.
The State of Kashmir a Muslim majority was ruled by minority Hindu Maharajas whose despotic ruling tactics were overseen and watched by representatives (Residents) deputed by Her Majesty Queen Of England´s government in British India. The Resident´s job was to keep an eye on Maharajas as local Muslim population invariably complained to Her Majesty´s Government about atrocities committed by Maharajas supported by bureaucracy controlled by minority Hindu population. Though Kashmir was an independent country, the squalid miserable conditions and Hindu caste system a serious problem Tyndale-Biscoe embarked on a mission and used his own learned Christian values and western civic ideals to improve exploited and downtrodden Kashmiri society.
BISCOE IN HIS AUTOBIOGRAPHY COMMENTS ON KASHMIRI PANDITS
"Shortly after my first arrival in Kashmir I was about to start for school when a tall, handsome Kashmir Brahman called to see me, bringing with him a delicate-looking boy of seven years of age. He asked if I would admit him into the school. This man belonged to the official class. The highest posts in Kashmir were filled by members of the family. In those days Sir Walter Lawrence was Land Commissioner, and he was having a titanic struggle to save the farmers from the persecution of the Brahman officials."
IN ALL THINGS BE MEN
Biscoe boys jumping from the roof of the school building to entertain visiting dignitaries. It was a treat for subjugated and poor inhabitants of Kashmir to come on the banks of river to witness some outstanding performances of the boys which they had never seen before. But India used that innocence of local population to their advantage to convince foreign guests that Kashmir wants to be a part of India.
A practice session to be ready for the forthcoming river welcome procession events, a reception, for the likes of Russian President Bulganian or Prime Minister Nehru of India. All these river Jhelum welcome processions were politically motivated, oganised and manipulated by a caucus of minority Hindu bureaucracy who have always been in control of Kashmir´s administration either during despotic rule of Maharajas or later focible occupation by Indian army.
RECEPTION TO SOVIET DIGNITARY
Right through the heart of Srinagar, River Jhelum reception given to the President Bulganian of Soviet Union to earn the VETO power to thwart the attempts of international community to settle the Kashmir Issue once for all. India always used one pretext or another to hoodwink the world and used delaying tactics to complicate the issue; finally justifying occupation using military power.
CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
Our first job was a cow, a sacred animal to a Hindu. At that time I had, on a visit to the jail, counted sevento Mohammedans in prison for life, for having killed, or been accused ofkilling, cows. One day when it was winter, with one to two feet of snow in the bazaars, there was an emaciated starving cow, fallen on the snow, with pariah dogs tearing at its hinder parts and hungry crows at its eyes. The distressed animal was trying to shake-off the birds. There was this ghastly sight in full view olf all passers-by. No one took any notice of it, as it was a common sight.
I at once sent for the owner of the cow, and to the schoolfor teachers and boys. The owner who was a Brahman turned up first. "Is this your cow?" I asked. "Yes" said he, "it is no use to me." "But" said I, "look how it is being tortured."Ah" said he, "it will die all the quicker." Since that day hundreds of animals have been rescued from pain by the boys of BIscoe schools.
FIRST BICYCLE IN KASHMIR
We usually went to school by boat until I brought the first bicycle to Kashmir, which caused even more astonishment than did the first motor-car many years later. My first cycle ride was at night. As I passed a coolie carrying a load, I heard a shriek and on looking back saw him on his back , shouting in terror: " I am dead! I am dead!" Poor fellow, he had heard much of djinns and at last seen one with his own eyes.
Reverend Canon Cecil Earle Tyndale-Biscoe (February 09, 1863 - August 01, 1949), a British missionary, educationist born with the family name Biscoe later changed to Tyndale-Biscoe (1883) the third child born into a land-owning family of his father William Earle Biscoe and mother Elizabeth Carey Sandeman. Educated at Bradfield College, and then at Jesus College, Cambridge. A lover of sports especially in aquatics earning laurels by being instrumental in winning boat-races (Regatta) and was ordained as a priest of the Church of England.
Biscoe brought up in an environment of selfless service provided to humanity by Church Mission Society (CMS) became eager to do something tangible in the service of people in desperation in places like Africa and the Far-East. Visiting CMS headquarters at Salisbury he was appointed as missionary teacher to help Mr Knowles in Kashmir. In November 1890 Biscoe travelling for the destination unknown to him through Karachi and Rawalpindi, now in Pakistan, finally reached Kashmir.
HOCKEY AND TUG_OF_WAR
Tyndale-Biscoe´s educational philosophy was one in which conspicuous intellect, or cleverness, was valued less than the acquisition of more profound attributes and abilities. The high schooling placed emphasis on education, physical activities; mountaineering, trekking, boxing, boating, football, cricket, and swimming stimulating sense of courage, masculinity and physical fitness. Tug-of-War was generally a favourite of the students as it would be thrilling for the winning group to display a show of strength. The pupils were also engaged in civic duties, such as street cleaning, and in helping deal with flooding and cholera.
C.M.S. Missionary at Srinagar Kashmir played a memorable role not only in the education or sports field but multiplying educational institutions. These seats of learning opened in far-flung remote areas, opening of hospitals, dispensaries when medical care was unknown to Kashmir and more importantly create an awareness amongst people to fight for their rights and shun the attitude of being forbearing and tolerant to harsh treatment. Kashmir feels indebted and has always been looking for ways to thank this noble soul for doing so much good for Kashmir.
After British exit from India in 1947, he left for Rhodesia where he died in 1949. Biscoe married Blanche Violet Burges, daughter of Reverend Richard B. Burges, on November 02, 1891 and had four children. Rev. Biscoe´s son Eric Biscoe came to Kashmir and served his father´s institution as principal for few years.
The C.M.S Schools in Kashmir hold a proud record. The staff and boys have saved several hundred lives from drowing. Time was when swimming was considered ungentlemanly. Further, if anyone fell into the river onlookers would run away lest the police should see them and trump up a charge against them.
Biscoe boys on the banks of river Jehlum ready waiting for the call to extend help using the boats to reach the scene of some drowning accident or any calamity that local people could not cope with. Local population due to ignorance and uneducation always succumed to problems inflicted socially or politically had no clue how to defend themselves. Biscoe boys had the special training and duty to do their best to reach out for help they could render. Rev Biscoe, in a difficult situation, in person would seek the help from the Resident appointed by Her Majesty´s government to oversee and keep the atrocities committed by despotic Hindu rulers under check.
CAUSE OF FLOODS
Kashmir has witnessed several floods in the past and after many false alarms a devastating flood struck Srinagar. After that why we escaped further floods was that a canal, 150 yards in width, had been made by Major Joly de Lotbiniere. It started three miles above the city, ending at the Wular Lake thirty miles below.
Talking of floods, the real cause of the floods was the goat. Years earlier goatherds in India had been allowed to bring their flocks to the pasture high up on the mountains; they came by the ten thousand and destroyed all the undergrowth, young trees and bushes which formerly held up the melting snow. This protection having disappeared into the stomachs of the goats, the snow on the mountain tops found its way to the rivers in hours, instead of days, and the river banks were neither wide nor high enough to take this volume of water; hence the flooding.
One morning of Dec-Jan 1990, notorious Indian CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) knock at the door of Abdul Ahad Bhat of Batmaloo, Srinagar and demand the TV set to watch their favourite program Ramayana. The lady of the house opens the door to find uniformed armed infantry men staring at her with the demand and the next minute she collapses and is rushed by her relations to the hospital to be declared dead. In Kashmir incredible India does such miracles on daily basis.
THE KILLING FIELDS
Over one million trigger happy armed men in uniform, who do not understand the language, culture, religion, ethos and behaviour, pounce on local population with vengeance and a mindset to eliminate the populace to occupy this rich paradise belonging to the poor inhabitants. It is amazing to find the "GOOD PEOPLE" of the world turning a blind eye to these atrocities committed with impunity. UN can see what happens in Syria, Lybia or Iran but when it comes to Kashmir they look the other way and one wonders why?
More than one hundred thousand men, women and children killed in the last twenty seven years. An independent Kashmir can be a bridge and instrumental between two hostile nuclear nations. Censorship imposed in "Indian democracy" conveniently and with suitability worsens the situations. Indian army makes sure to confine populace behind closed doors as millions on the roads create an embarrassing situation and international community is inclined to ask few questions. Please continue to read.......
INDIAN ARMY'S CRIMES IN KASHMIR
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone, but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to cemetery - Malcolm X
Martyr Burhan Wani,the man who rekindled and inspired his people infusing new blood to fight occupiers for the basic right of achieving the cherished goal of independence.
The number of gun pellet injury victims, especially youth, mounts to 877. Men women and children invalid for life.
PELLET GUN DAMAGE INDISCRIMNATE
Special Director General of Police, Coordination, Law and Order S P Vaid shares information on incidents with Rising Kashmir Reporter Mir Liyaqat Ali.(December 18, 2016)
DAMAGE BY INDIAN INSTALLED DG POLICE VAID
- 5084 people have been arrested
- 500 have been detained under (Public Safety Act)
- 30 schools have been set ablaze in last five months
- 250 to 275 militants operating in the Valley
TIMES OF INDIA (May 21, 2016)
Around 1.8 million of Kashmir´s population show significant amount of mental distress.
THE FIRST SEAT OF LEARNING
MISSION SCHOOL 3RD BRIDGE, FATEH KADAL SRINAGAR
The school ever started in the heart of Srinagar city where Biscoe faced a chellenging task to convince people that the idea would transform their lives and would rid the society of almost all the evils. The stiff opposition from the orthodoxy and religious bigotry made things difficult initially but Biscoe´s perseverance made the situation somewhat easy as it slowly dawned on the people that society was definitely limping towards betterment.
FIRST OBSERVATION AT SCHOOL
MISSION SCHOOL 3rd BRIDGE RIVER JHELUM
The day after my arrival, Knowles and I walked through the city to the Mission SChool near the third bridge, a walk not to be forgotten. I eecall what attracted my attention most. The stench, the utter filth of the streets, notwithstanding the thousands of pariah dogs, starving donkeys and cows trying to get a living from this foulness.
Most of the houses had thatched roofs, I was astonished to see not a single chimney, and only one house, that of the Governor, has glass windows. Many of the houses were off the straight, often leaning one against the other, like two drunken friends supporting each other.
We at last reached the school, rented house overhanging the river. We climbed to the hall on the third storey where there were two hundred bundles on the floor. As I entered, the stench almost knocked me backwards. It was winter; therefore all the lattice windows covered with paper were closed. Every boy was covered up in a dirty blanket and under the blanket a fire-pot (live charcoal in an earthenware pot encased in a basket called Kangri), so the hot air passed through the filthy blanket, damp from snow or rain. In the winter, bathing is at a discount, so you can probabely realize something of the atmosphere which greets us. AS Mr.Knowles introduced me to the bundles I was able to study their faces. In the front row I saw many beards and whiskers, for practically all were married and some of them fathers.They were nearly all Brahmans and so had the large daub of red and yellow paint on their foreheads which extended from down the bridge to their noses.
SIMILARITIES - BRITAIN AND KASHMIR
Kashmiri boys´ expressions and British were the same, and before long I was to discover that the city of Srinagar was a city of Sodom and this was how I discovered the fact. To tackle this attacking devilry I realized a small army would be needed for the campaign. The police were in with the devils, so untill my staff and decent elder boys became handy with their fists not much could be attemped.
An unforseen difficulty presented itself at once, boxing gloves were made of leather which a Brahman must not touch. But by a lucky chance I was able to jump this obstacle (I made the boys box, wearing cloth gloves), and boxing became part of the school carriculum. We had the city and even the Brahman priests against us, because pretty boys were needed to attract the worshippers to their temples; as in other parts of India, girls were needed in their temples.
Similarities added the commonly used ´nick-names´, the family names preferred after the profession of that particular person to identify and most importantly four seasons Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn, the landscape, meadows, flora and fauna, all kinds of fruit etc. And this was the reason that during British rule the favourite place the British would go for holidays was Kashmir.
DEALING WITH THE BRAHMAN TRICKERY
Soon after my arrival in Kashmir I received calls from Hindu youths wishing to read the Bible with me. Some of them asked if they might come to my house after dark for fear of persecution from their co-religionists. This request I granted as I thought they were genuine seekers after truth. Later on so many came that I had to arrange for them to go to other missionaries. Hence a great deal of our time was taken up with these small groups. Before very long I began to suspect their motives, and, ere long, I was sure that they came for two reasons. One was that they wished to learn English from an Englishman as they asked us to use the English Bible instead of the Urdu Bible. But, what was more important, was that we might become interested in them personally and find lucrative posts for them in Givernment service, with a few advantages thrown in.
When they became too persistent in asking for more time to be given to them, and increased their sloppy talk, I thought it about time to draw the line. So I gave out that no one could "go Christian" as they called it, unless they first had a boxing match with my gardner, who was a Mohammedan. These "go Christian" hypocrites were all Hindus.
At least three of the Inspectors General of Police in Kashmir have told me that they had to give up their commands because they were forbidden to clean out the Augean (unpleasant) stables on account of vested interests. As long as heads of governments prefer bribery and corruption it is impossible to have an honest police force.
An honest police officer in a native state has a most difficult and dangerous life. One British Inspector General of Police in Kashmir said to me: I have not one honest man in my police force to put in charge of a station."Begging your pardon," I answered, "You have one, Sub-Inspector Abdul Karim." "Yes, you are right, "he answered, "I had forgotten that man. I will at once put him in charge of a station and allow him to choose his own men." Abdul Karim chose old students of the C.M.S schools. When he took over he found a list of thirty-two roberries undetected. Within a fortnight he not only tracked down twenty two of these robberies and caught the thieves, but recovered the stolen property; an almost unheard of event.