For this project I will be focusing my attention on the Ad Dharmi people of India. The Ad Dharmi people are a large tribe in India with a low literacy rate, disgraceful work conditions and an insufficient amount of food to feed all of their people. The Ad Dharmi people The Ad Dharmis speak Panjabi, a western Indian dialect. Right now, the Ad Dharmi people are being persecuted in India and need help from outside sources to be able to live a more amicable lifestyle. These people are starving, poor and uneducated and would benefit greatly from missionaries visiting the area to help the people. The thesis for the paper is the benefits and consequences of ministry outreach to the Ad Dharmi people- weigh the benefits of aiding the Ad Dharmi people against the dangers of missionary work in India, particularly where the Ad Dharmi people are located.
Punjab has been a site of invasions, conflicts, agitations and martyrdoms for decades. The site of the Ad Dharmi people has been a boiling cauldron for various social and political movements, drawing in missionaries from all over the world. Its history is rich with innumerable instances of people’s upsurge against the tyrannical systems. However, what makes the case of Punjab and the Ad Dharm people unique is that its tirades against the system of oppression and violence remained always progressive and secular. They were not against a particular caste or community but against systems of tyranny and oppression. The Ad Dharm people have suffered for a long time because of their beliefs, but their strength in their faith and beliefs has kept the Ad Dharm people strong and tight-knit.
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