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The Christian Missionaries in Coastal Maharashtra: Encapsuling Their Historical, Social, Educational, Medical & Literary Endeavours

Neeta M. Khandpekar (Author) D. Litt (Author)

The Missionaries were instrumental in establishing the pioneering Educational, Medical and Social Institutions across India. However, a systematic review of their activities in Maharashtra and more specifically along the coastline of Maharashtra including Mumbai shows a complete lack while those available are of very general nature and, hence, this book. The present work tries to touch upon a majority of Missionary Institutions along coastal Maharashtra (Konkan) right from the advent of Missionaries to their progress and finally their impact on our society. It systematically explores the dedicated and timely help rendered by the Missionaries and their families in field of education, medicine as well as on other social fronts. The surgical techniques used were far ahead of its times.

The Missionary habit of recording day to day events and publishing them in newspapers, weeklies and other bulletins of those days greatly helped in shaping this project. This meticulous exhibition of work done by the Missionaries is supported by the original letters of correspondence written by Missionaries themselves who worked at these stations and also by evidences of cross-links with other important Missionary stations. Exhaustive account of Educational, Medical and Religious Missions, Literary works, Indian contribution, Process of Inculturation, Major issues of the 19th Century and Christian voluntary movements have been thoughtfully presented. The Author also provides maps, figures, pictures, charts & tables, and a comprehensive list of the primary and secondary sources of information for readers' better understanding.

Equipped with a detailed Bibliography and supplementing Appendices, the book is a must read for the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students of Modern History, Research Scholars, Christian Religious Scholars, Historians, Educationalists, Social Workers, and all those who wish to look into the distinguished work done by the Missionaries in Maharashtra, specifically along its coastline.

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About the author

Neeta M. Khandpekar

Dr. Mrs. Neeta M. Khandpekar is an active teacher and researcher of international repute. She was the former Chief Co-ordinator of Centre for Gandhian Studies at KJSAC. For her pioneering work on Christian Missionaries she was awarded D.Litt degree by the University of Sambalpur, Odisha. She holds a Doctorate of University of Mumbai and her interests include Modern/Maritime History and Christian Missionary History. She has shared her research work across several countries, including USA, Canada, Italy (Rome), Malaysia and Indonesia. She is a recipient of certificate of merit by Government of Maharashtra (1986), Mumbai University History Department Scholarship (1989), UGC Teacher Fellowship Award (1999) and UGC Post Doctoral Research Award (2004). She is a member of more than 13 professional academic bodies and was in the Board of Studies of University of Mumbai (2004-10).

She has recently joined the PG Department of History at the University of Mumbai after having served as the Head of the Department of History, K. J. Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce (KJSAC, Autonomous), Mumbai, for about two decades.

She has presented more than 100 articles in International and National Conferences including Journals. She has recently authored a book titled, Konkan Coast: A Socio-Economic Study (16th & 17th Centuries).

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Title The Christian Missionaries in Coastal Maharashtra: Encapsuling Their Historical, Social, Educational, Medical & Literary Endeavours
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.01.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9351480348, 9789351480341
length xxiv+374p., Illustrations; Colour; Maps; 23cm.