Vishal Mangalwadi (1949-) is an international lecturer, social reformer, cultural and political columnist, and author of thirteen books. Born and raised in India, he studied philosophy at universities, in Hindu ashrams, and at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. In 1976 he turned down several job offers in the West to return to India where he and his wife, Ruth, founded a community to serve the rural poor. Vishal continued his involvement in community development serving at the headquarters of two national political parties, where he worked for the empowerment and liberation of peasants and the lower castes.
His first book, The World of Gurus, was published in 1977 by India's Vikas Publishing House, and serialized in India’s then-largest weekly, Sunday. It is still used as a text book in universities. It was Mangalwadi’s book on the New Age Movement and India: The Grand Experiment, that first brought his works to the attention of the American public. In demand worldwide, Vishal is a dynamic and engaging speaker who has lectured in 34 countries. He enjoys simplifying complex ideas and inspiring despairing hearts with hope.
Vishal and Ruth have two daughters and five grandchildren. They were invited to come to America to make a television series exploring the Bible’s role in creating the modern world. The series is yet to be made. Meanwhile Vishal’s research has become the primary resource behind this website. This study was inspired by Vishal and Ruth's recognition of India's need for the reforming power of the Bible.
1 - GENERAL CHRISTIAN MEETING
2 - PASTORS AND LAY LEADERS SEMINAR
3 - OPEN FORUM FOR NON-CHRISTIAN