While Christian outreach has ministered admirably in India, the bulk of its efforts have been toward the Dalits, Tribals, and to a lesser degree,the upper (Priest, Military, and Merchant) castes. The largest singlegroup in India
the nearly 700 million members of the Other BackwardCastes (OBCs)
has been considered unreachable, so locked into thecaste system that they are beyond help.
Sunil Sardar, founder of the modern-day Truthseekers International,believes that God has already made Himself known to the OBCs, muchas God made Himself known to the Athenians to whom the ApostlePaul preached in Acts 17. A native of central India, a Dalit, and athird-generation Christian, Sunil--after decades of pastoral, church-planting, and social-activist ministry--has discovered monotheistic,pre-Christian, and even Christian roots within OBC beliefs andtraditions. He has taken up the mantle of 19th-century Indianreformer Mahatma Jotirao Phule. Phule, known as the Martin Luther of India, founded the original Truthseekers Society in the late 1800s topush for spiritual and social reform in India.Phule sought nothing less than spiritual, mental, social, economic,educational, and physical fr
eedom for India’s slaves—
the OBCs, Dalits,and tribals. In addition, Phule called upon Indians to abandon thepolytheistic system of oppression that had been imposed on them andembrace
, the most high God
Jesus Christ. Sunilre-established Truthseekers to complete what Phule started. Thisinvolves challenging the current caste system and facilitating castereconciliation through what is being called a