This book is a study of the changing relationship over time (1856-1994) between the Rishi, an ex-Untouchable jati of Bengal/South-West Bangladesh, and various groups of Catholic missionaries. The book's originality and importance lies in its multi-disciplinary approach which combines anthropological fieldwork, historical research, philosophical enquiry and contemporary missiological debates. Moreover, it addresses issues of great current relevance in its discussions of Orientalism, Neo-colonialism and Otherness.
'probably the most detailed study of Christian missionary work in Bangladesh, and is a welcome contribution to the growing litereature of Dalit Studies.' - Contemporary South Asia
'This is a valuable work, with implications far beyond the districts of Southwest Bangladesh.' - Asia Journal of Theology