India (2)

  • George Feaver


We begin this book1 on the north-western edge of the Indian Empire, to which we are paying a flying visit. Arriving at 6 a.m. we sallied out after tea and a hot bath to call on the Director of Public Instruction, the only person to whom we have an introduction (the Deputy Commissioner, to whom we sent on a letter, had just left on promotion to the Secretariat at Calcutta — this constant shifting being typical). The Director (Richey),2 an energetic man of about 35, has only been here a year, having come from an educational post in Eastern Bengal. And the matter is made worse by the absence of anything in the nature of specialist journals which should make known to all India what is being done in each part. Thus, we have been inspecting the muktabs,3 or common mosque schools where Muslim boys learn the Koran by heart, in various places in the United Provinces. There (and as we learn also, in the North-West Frontier Province), they are quite outside Government aid. As there are throughout India thousands of these schools attended by perhaps hundreds of thousands of boys, and as they cannot be abolished (seeing that the religion of Islam makes them obligatory), we have been exercised in our minds as to what could be done.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Feaver
    • 1
  1. 1.University of British ColumbiaCanada

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