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Two videos of Bishop Cotton School Simla – produced by Sam Mathews.

Wonderful!
What else can one say.  Brings back huge amount of memories.
Gentleman has done a great job and yeoman service!
Cheers!
Indi [Gurrinder Khanna 1969 Batch]
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This was a great send. Love the school and proud to be a COTTONIAN.
Tejindar Randhawa, 
Roll no.864,
Curzon house
1977.
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So many shots in these videos took me down memory lane. Also made me realize how much history was associated with these places within the campus that we took for granted. Thank you so much for sharing!!
Mukul Sheopory [1990 Batch]
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A recent survey:

We sent out a Poll on 24th May 2019 to 899 registered OCs on the Mailing List:  On average, how likely are you to click the link in our Mailings and see the full article at the OCA Website?

183 OCs participated / responded as of 29/5/19, and the responses are:

  • NEVER OPEN OCA MAILS: 4 [2.2%]
  • OCCASIONALLY READ OCA MAILS: 45 [24.6%]
  • READ THE MAILS FAIRLY OFTEN: 59 [32.2%]
  • ALMOST ALWAYS READ THE MAILS: 75 [41%]

Thank you to those who participated and helped us understand a general trend. This might help us modify the content and delivery of updates.

OC Raghuvendra Tanwar [Lefroy 1970 Batch] – latest book released:

‘Be Clear Kashmir will Vote for India’ Jammu & Kashmir 1947-1953
Reporting the Contemporary Understanding of the Unreported, 1st Edition

By Raghuvendra Tanwar
Routledge
308 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

About the Author

Raghuvendra Tanwar has taught modern history at Kurukshetra University for thirty-nine years, superannuating as Senior Professor in 2015. He has been the University’s Dean Academic Affairs and Dean Social Sciences.

Description

The central point that this volume makes is that much of what happened in Jammu & Kashmir in the critical first few years (1947-53) needs a more careful reassessment. It is argued that there were little voices of ordinary people that should have been heard but were ignored. The political discourse that took centre stage even as it appeared more assertive and representative of mass public opinion was, however, as is now clear only a clever and misleading political move.

Much of the source material upon which the author has based his study has till now remained unstudied and uncited – rare hard to find books, pamphlets, articles in journals, magazines and newspapers, official and party reports and so on. The volume takes the reader back in time to a kind of ring side seat. Kashmir’s cultural and historical legacy, the invasion, the issue of the plebiscite, the United Nations and the ceasefire, the Praja Parishad and most important of all the political scene and its key players – Prime Minister Nehru, Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee and Sheikh Abdullah. Based on the nature of its sources the volume breaks free of a stereotyped approach to understanding the origin of what we commonly term today as the ‘Kashmir problem’.

The volume argues that contemporary views recorded as they are in the heat of the moment with natural spontaneity often contain hidden lines and new light. Not surprisingly contemporary versions tell us a story very different from mainstream conventional writings on Jammu & Kashmir. This timely volume will radically influence the existing discourse on Jammu & Kashmir.

AVAILABLE ONLINE