Bishop Cotton alumni recall good old memories

Actor Kumar Gaurav, an old student of Bishop Cotton School, at it’s sesquicentennial jubilee celebrations in Shimla.   | Photo Credit: Photo: PTI

Shimla: About 200 students of Bishop Cotton School from pre-independence era, including a dozen from Pakistan, on Saturday recalled their school days while walking down the premises of their alma mater.

Enthusiasm was palpable in the air when four classmates, who had left the school mid-session due to Partition, met after more than half-a-century during the ongoing 150th foundation day celebration of the institution, founded by Bishop George Lynch Cotton.

Recollecting his school days, Humayun Khan, former Pakistan Ambassador to India and former Pakistan Foreign Secretary, said “sadness was in the air everywhere on October 22, 1947, when 42 of us left for the newly-created Pakistan”.

Tariq Khan, a former Minister in North West Frontier Province, said we were not aware of the Partition till before the day we left India on the fateful day.

“We came to know of the Partition only when we were on the army truck which escorted us to Ambala en route to Pakistan,” Mr Khan said.

There was a mood of sorrow when the students walked out of the central doors of Irwin Hall on that fateful day to left for Pakistan, UK resident Allan Gay Niblett said.

Central doors of the Irwin Hall remained shut since than and it was opened now only to welcome the old students. “Dil mein bahut dard hua tha (there was a lot of pain in our heart on that day),” Peter Stringer, also from the UK, said.-PTI