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The Missionary and the Maharajas


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Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1. Breaking up and Building, 1890-94 Chapter 2. Now is the Time of Small things, 1895-99 Chapter 3. The Challenge, 1900-05 Chapter 4. Exceedingly a Bad man, 1905-10 Chapter 5. War years and Aftermath, 1911-22 Chapter 6. Succession and Success, 1923-33 Chapter 7. Victory after Defeat, 1934-39 Chapter 8. Two Kings on One Carpet. Final Years, 1940-49 Chapter 9. Epilogue End Notes Bibliography Index

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Cecil Tyndale-Biscoe polarised opinion in early 20th India by his unconventional methods of educating Kashmiris and, through them, changing the social order of a society steeped in old superstitions. He was a man of contradictions: a Christian and a boxer, a missionary who made very few converts, a staunch supporter of British imperialism and a friend of Kashmir's political reformers. He made enemies of the Hindu Establishment, who described him as `exceedingly a bad man and one too much fond of cricket,' but earned the respect of two successive Hindu Maharajas, as well as the Muslim leader, who succeeded them.

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Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe is an acclaimed marsupial biologist, who served latterly as Chief Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's Division of Wildlife and Rangelands Research.


`This is an engaging narrative of missionary work in Kashmir, based on diaries, correspondence and school records. Much to the disappointment of the Church Missionary Society, Cecil Tyndale-Biscoe was not concerned to convert Kashimiris to Christianity, but by his example to reveal an active Christian life to the six boys' and one girls' schools he founded. Many of his pupils came to govern Kashmir in the second half of the twentieth century; he became a legend. The text is crammed with much fascinating incidental detail.' - Francis Robinson, Professor of the History of South Asia, Royal Holloway, University of London

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