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David Hardiman

with indigenous people rather than merely convert them to Christianity. Gandhi, with his strand of Hinduism and strong spirituality, was particularly admired. There was a growing emphasis on the shared project of many religious people. In this way, the old certainties were being replaced with an attitude of greater circumspection and humility. It was felt increasingly that missionaries should seek to

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David Hardiman

in the truth of all religions and therefore respect for them.’ 5 What he rejected in other words was the missionary practice of strident proselytisation with a view towards conversion, an idea he found repulsive for any religion, including Hinduism. 6 He believed that a person should strive to work through their destiny within the religious tradition in which they were raised. He wanted people to

in Missionaries and their medicine
David Hardiman

, turbulent, mongrel race.’ 9 The idea that the Bhils were, in social and religious terms, a blank slate ready to be written on was for Thompson becoming increasingly untenable. Despite all this, Thompson adopted an optimistic tone in his second report. The Bhils around Kherwara, he said, no longer had any fear whatsoever of him and his catechist. A native officer of the MBC who had worked against them earlier

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