By Aasif Sultan
Srinagar: Valley’s leading missionary school Tyndale Biscoe School, situated in the heart of Srinagar, has been declared “no longer safe place after the killing of Editor Mr. Shujaat Bukhari” who was shot dead by gunmen in broad daylight at Kashmir’s Press Enclave, stone’s throw from the school, on 14 June along with his two guards.
Pratik Daware, a senior associate of Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN), stated this in a letter which was mailed to schools whose students are scheduled to participate in the event this month at Biscoe school. Narrator possesses a copy of the mailed letter.
Daware also wrote that the decision “was taken after IIMUN and school authorities mutually evualuating the safety conditions(sic)” of the school.
IIMUN is a mock UN where school children debate about international affairs after the organisers allot them different countries.
Tyndale Biscoe school was scheduled to hold the three-day event this month but has now been shifted to Delhi Public School (DPS), Budgam. The last session of IIMUN Srinagar Conference was held at Biscoe.
Tyndale Biscoe School Principal Parvaiz Koul, however, said the school felt that “it was hectic” to hold such event at the campus and therefore decided to shift it to DPS, Budgam.
“I do not know who this Daware is. It was our decision to shift it for our own reasons,” he said.
The parents of the participating students were fumed by the change of venue as Budgam remains out of bounds to many of them.
“Biscoe was in the city centre and everyone could reach there easily. This event is not from 8 to 3 thing, it gets prolonged and ends at 7 or 8. How would our children return from there?” said a parent whose daughter is scheduled to participate in the event.
Insiders at Tyndale Biscoe, however, said that the school fears protests during the event inside the campus as such “national events” begin with the national anthem.
A student who had participated in the event in the past says that the event in itself is good but it “programmes Kashmiris to support India’s foreign policy no matter how irrelevant it is.”
Recently, during the first convocation of Central University Kashmir, the students’ showed a cold response to the national anthem by remaining seated.
Daware did not respond to this reporter’s calls.