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Adventist health publication in India turns 100

Publishers celebrate with centennial edition of magazine

Adventist health publication in India turns 100

Mayor Shri Mohansingh of Pune, India, holds a copy of the oldest health magazine in the country. The mayor helped launch the 100th anniversary edition of the Adventist-owned "Herald of Health" earlier this month. [photo: SUD]

The staff of the oldest health magazine still in print in India celebrated 100 years of publication earlier this month, releasing a centennial issue with the endorsement of the city mayor, Shri Mohansingh.

The "Herald of Health" magazine, published by the Seventh-day Adventist-run Oriental Watchman Publishing House (OWPH), was created by missionaries working in Lucknow, India in 1910.

Since then, the magazine has been in continuous print except during World War I. Publication resumed after the printing house moved to its current location in Pune in 1924.

Historically, editors of the magazine were Adventist missionaries from abroad, said current magazine editor Joy Kuttappan. In 1970, John M. Fowler, current associate education director for the Adventist world church, became the first Indian to fill the position.

Additional reporting by Joy Kuttappan