My interest in inter-religious dialogue goes back tot he late sixties when I was a research student working on a doctoral dissertation on "The Doctrine of Incarnation in Hinduism and Christianity" and continued when I became a lecturer in Hindu Studies at the very first department of Religious Studies in India at Punjabi University in Patiala. From there I was brought to the Harvard Center for the Study of World Religions as a Fellow by Professor John Carman to take courses in Christian Studies at the Harvard Divinity School for three years from 1970 to 1973. It was a period when Dr. Wilfred Cantwell Smith returned to the Center to be its director. My approach to interreligious dialogue was largely shaped by Dr. Cantwell Smith, whose writings had a great impact on me, especially his emphasis on person and faith as the context of interreligious encounter and understanding.

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