Christianity being a universal religion is an integral part of India's history. The
author traces the beginnings of this history from the earliest efforts of Christian
missionaries, the peoples' response, and brings this narrative to more recent times.
The book is related to the importance of national unity & development, and
Christianity in union with the nation. In this attempt, one has to adopt a new
methodological paradigm reversing the traditional mindset of studying Christianity in the
region from the perspective of Western Christianity. Its starting point will be from the
outlook of the people and inclusive national consciousness.
Also, this learned work brings out the contributions made by the churches towards
education and literature, medical service, other humanitarian services and peace
initiatives; and the role played by the indigenous leaders in the continued grown of the
2. Northeast India in Traditional Historical Perspectives
3. Impact of British Colonialism on People in Northeast India
4. Appeared, Disappeared and Integrated Christian Communities (1627-1838)
5. Survey of Stable Christian Missions in the Region
6. Emergence of Northeast Indian Indigenous Christianity
7. Christianity, Nation Building and National Integration in Northeast India
8. General Conclusion
Dr. O. L. Snaitang, an ordained minister of the Church of God,
Meghalaya & Assam, Shillong was a former Professor of the History of Christianity and
Missiology at Serampore College, Serampore; North India PG Theological Institute, Kolkata;
and other Colleges in the Northeast and South India alike. He was an active member of the
Church History Association of India and has served as its General Secretary (2002-2005)
and President (2009-2012). He is associated with the North Eastern Hill University,
Shillong as an external member, School Board of Humanities; Examiner of PG Theses; and a
resource person for Refresher Courses under the Human Resource Development Centre, NEHU,
Shillong in areas of Matrilineal Societies and Tribal Religion.
He has been awarded by the Government of Meghalaya with Meghalaya State Literary Award
in 2009 and U Tirot Sing Award for Arts and Literature in 2015, to accord recognition of
his contribution to the society through his writings. He continues to teach, supervise
doctoral students and write.