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Vishal Mangalwadi (born 1949) is a social reformer, political columnist, Indian Christian philosopher, writer and lecturer.

Vishal Mangalwadi graduated from the University of Allahabad in 1969 and earned an MA in philosophy from the University of Indore in 1973. In 1974, Mangalwadi co-founded The Theological Research and Communication Institute (TRACI) and began to develop his master’s thesis into his first book, The World of Gurus, published by Vikas Publishing House in 1977 and serialized in the weekly magazine, Sunday.

In 1975, Mangalwadi married Ruth from Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh), a graduate of Lucknow University who returned to India after obtaining a master’s degree in theology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, USA. In 1976, they moved to his father’s farm in Gatheora village in Chhatarpur District and founded a non-profit organization, the Association For Comprehensive Rural Assistance, to serve the rural poor and transform their caste-based feudal social system. His work was opposed and violently resisted. In 1980, he was briefly incarcerated in Tikamgarh Jail where he began writing his second book, Truth and Social Reform. During the anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, his organization was also burned down. From 1984 to 1987, Mangalwadi was the honorary director of TRACI and published Truth and Social Reform. In 1984, he was appointed the Convenor of the Peasant’s Commission of the Janata Party. In 1987, he initiated a national movement against the revival of sati. From 1988 to 1994, he was an assistant to Kanshiram, the founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Since 1996, he has been writing, lecturing and publishing around the world. In 2003, the unaccredited institution William Carey International University, awarded him a Doctorate in Laws. In 2009, he published the US edition of Truth and Transformation encouraging local churches around the world to double up as centers of learning and service, offering tuition-free, internet based college education. In 2010, a pilot project began in Indonesia. Mangalwadi continues to travel around the world to promote this vision of church and Internet based higher education. The vision of Church and internet based college education has been institutionalized in two organizations: CACHE (Church and Community Centred Higher Education) is implementing it in Africa and other non-western nations, and Virtues Inc is implementing the concept in the USA. Vishal used to write regularly for the New Delhi-based bilingual monthly FORWARD Press. From 2014-17 he served as an Honorary Professor of Applied Theology and the Director of Centre for Human Resource Development at Sam Higgin bottom University of Agriculture, Technology, and Sciences. Now he is a Public Speaker.