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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 a marvellous book written by a gifted and entertaining author, grandson of the remarkable Canon Cecil Biscoe, covering a significant period of history where the subject's involvement in Kashmir resonates to this day, not just in fascinating biographical material, but also in the Kashmiri conflict and geopolitical dilemmas expressed as recently as a few weeks ago when Pakistan downed an Indian jet fighter over the disputed border, a legacy of the powerful, eccentric, and culturally embedded British India vividly evoked in Hugh Tyndale-Biscoe's writing. * Roger MacDonald, author of When Colts Ran (2010), The Ballad of Desmond Kale (2006), and Mr Darwin's Shooter (1998) *

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