Hyderabad is the largest and most populous city in Telangana state. With 43% of the city’s inhabitants being Muslim, Hyderabad is an essential city for Islam and is home to many prominent mosques. The most famous of these is the Charminar, dating back to the 16th century.
At one time, Hyderabad was the only global center for trading large diamonds, emeralds, and natural pearls, earning it the nickname “The City of Pearls.”
Hyderabad is also home to the largest film studio in the world.
In India, Christianity is primarily viewed as a foreign white man’s religion brought in with British colonialism. For many Hindus, converting to Christianity is considered an attempt to erase their ancient culture, which they are very proud of, and replace it with Western morals and values, which they deem inferior.
Hinduism generally promotes a pluralistic outlook, acknowledging the validity of different spiritual paths. They recognize Jesus Christ as an essential spiritual teacher and appreciate the ethical teachings found in the Bible.
Hindus may find certain aspects of Christian doctrine unfamiliar or contradictory to their beliefs. For example, the concept of original sin, the view of a single life followed by eternal heaven or hell, and the exclusive nature of salvation through Jesus Christ can be challenging for Hindus to reconcile with their belief in karma, reincarnation, and the potential for self-realization.
Christian missionaries have played a role in education, healthcare, and social reforms in India. While Hindus appreciate the positive contributions, they also value their religious and cultural heritage, sometimes expressing concerns about aggressive proselytization. They see our claim that Jesus is the “only way” to God as the height of arrogance.