SIR.-Thank you very much for Dorn Bede Griffith's excellent review of the above book in your issue of February 13. But surely it was a slip of the typewriter that led Dom Bede to write in his second last sentence that Robert de Nobili became a "Hindu among the Hindus" when he obviously meant an Indian among the Indians. That was surely the whole point of the controversy, i.e., whether he was Hinduising (adopting a new religion) or lndianising (adopting a new culture). It was because he could prove that he was only doing the latter that he was exonerated.
The point is topical because while many Indians would rejoice to see a Christianity in Indian dress-which is also the aim of most missionaries-there are still some, and they are represented by political and religious groups, who maintain that India is only for the Hindus. I know, because a number of our aboriginal converts were recently stoned by one such party (the Arya Samaj) on the grounds that they were being "massconverted". Even if this were true, which it wasn't, it would stem strange to attack thevictims of this dastardly plot. But Dom Bede is too reticent. Would it not be possible for you to ask him to give us an account of the work of the followers of Robert de Nobili, both in and outside his Society? In particular, many would be grateful for an account of the progress of Dom Bede's own work, which, I understand, is along the principles, if not all the practices, of the great Jesuit.
R. H. Lesser
Catholic Mission, Mahuri, Dungra P.O.,
Banswara Dist., Rajasthan, India.