The "other" remains as a mystery and puzzle before one comes to know the "other" in a personal and intimate manner. especially when the "other" is the "religious" other, it is much more puzzling and mysterious. The history of the encounter between Hindus and Christians over several centuries reveals how the "puzzle" and the "mystery" of the other can at times lead to gross misperceptions of the other. Such mutual misperceptions have been some of the stumbling blocks in the path of a healthy, friendly, and mutually enhancing relation between Christians and Hindus. In this issue of the Bulletin, we offer four essays that directly address the problem of mutual misperceptions. Before we set out to read these essays, let me offer some preliminary and introductory remarks.

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