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Affluent Christian Investor | March 17, 2018

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Your Freedom Came From Missionaries, Not From Ghandi

Mahatma Ghandi.

“India –The Grand Experiment” was published 20 years ago, in 1997, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of India’s Independence from the British Raj. It presented the case that while Mahatma Gandhi played a role in India’s Independence, he had nothing to do with India’s freedom.

Independence is not freedom. Pakistan became free at the same time as India; in 70 years it has rarely enjoyed freedom. North Kore…a is independent; it is not free.

India’s freedom was a grand experiment, envisioned and executed by British missionary movement . . . even though many of the missionaries came to India as undercover missionaries — chaplains to the East India Company, civil servants, educationists, judges.

The editor of London’s Financial Times read the book and remarked that “we had always felt that something like this was the truth behind India’s freedom, but no historian actually said so.”

Mahatma Gandhi’s eldest grandson read the book and said “I agree with you.” He came to spend two weeks with us in Goa to study Christ’s Sermon on the Mount.

America’s foremost Christian magazine, Christianity Today, reviewed the book and embarrassed me as “India’s foremost Christian intellectual.” The book has been out of print for a long time, waiting for me to re-write it as “How the Bible Created Modern India.”

Prof Vishal Mangalwadi directs the Centre for Human Resource Development in a Unversity in North India. He has authored 20 books and lectured in 40 countries. His exposition of Indian philosophy and Western thought and culture In books such as “The World of Gurus”, and “The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization” are studied at university level.


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