HL Richard

Visa Wives – Book Review

Visa Wives: Emigration Experiences of Indian Women in the USA By Radhika M. B. Gurgaon: Penguin Random House India, 2016, pp. 332 + xxv Reviewed by H. L. Richard This book seems to be for and about Indian women but is very highly recommended reading for Americans who are interested to befriend Indian women in…

Teaching Biblical Concepts in Hindu Contexts

The following is a slightly edited excerpt taken from HL Richard’s article entitled “Cultivating Reticence” (available here).   This paper is suggestive rather than prescriptive and seeks to introduce a change of perspective in those who seek to convey biblical teaching to Hindus. Four core issues in biblical understanding will be briefly considered. Thinking and…

Kalagara Subba Rao

Kalagara Subba Rao (1912-1981): Christo-Centric Avoidance of Church and Christianity K. Subba Rao was a Kamma from Andhra Pradesh. He grew up as a cynic against religion and led a rebellious life against religion and religious leaders. He managed to get an education and a job as a teacher, and married in 1937. His dissolute…

Manilal C. Parekh

Manilal C. Parekh (1885-1967): Moving beyond the Church, Christianity and Christo-Centrism   Manilal C. Parekh was a Gujarati from a family that was traditionally Jain, but his father converted to Vaishnavism and Krishna bhakti. Through a friend he became attracted to Christ by reading The Imitation of Christ. When he learned about Keshab Chandra Sen…

What is an Alongsider?

Editor’s Note: We have adopted the term ‘Alongsider’ to describe someone who wants to help Hindus explore what devotion to Jesus means. The foundation for this term comes from a paper written by HL Richard, which in turn was based on a paper by John and Anna Travis. You can read HL Richard’s complete article…

Narayan Vaman Tilak

Narayan Vaman Tilak (1868-1919): A Christo-Centric Move beyond the Church and Christianity When Ramabai published the first collection of Christian bhajans she included a few of her own publications but relied mainly on the work of Narayan Vaman Tilak. Tilak grew up under the influence of the Marathi bhakti saints, known to the world through…

Pandita Ramabai Saraswati

Editor’s Note: This continues our series on biographies of Hindus of the past who joined the Indian church. Living with the Tension of Conflicting Heritages Pandita Ramabai’s story is widely known, but has also been surrounded with myths and exaggerations. This brief account will try to clear some of the fog and raise some of…

Kali Charan Banurji

Editor’s note: We are starting a series of five brief but very interesting and significant biographies of Hindus from the past who joined the Indian church.    Kali Charan Banurji (1847-1907): Restarting the Church in the Hindu Context Kali Charan Banurji was a Kulin Brahmin Bengali who was born in Jabalpur in M.P. where his…

Counting Hinduism

Editor’s Note: This article is one of the best answers to the very tricky question, “What is Hinduism?” It is a great foundation for any Alongsider’s understanding. It originally appeared in the Journal of Advent Mission Studies and is republished here with permission. Richard, H.L. “Counting Hinduism.” Journal of Adventist Mission Studies. 9 no. 1…