Herald of Health Begins
Second Century of Service
 
erald of Health, India’s oldest existing health magazine, recently completed 100 years of health education to that nation’s citizens. To mark this occasion, Shri Mohansingh Rajpal, mayor of Pune, released a special centenary issue of the magazine in a ceremony held in his office.
 
The journal had its start as a message-health combine and served the entire subcontinent, including pres-ent-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Myanmar (Burma), until the departure of the British in the mid-1940s, after which the journal evolved into primarily a health magazine serving only India and Nepal.
 
HEALTH MAGAZINE NOTED: Mayor Shri Mohansingh Rajpal of Pune, India, holds a copy of the oldest health magazine in the country. The mayor helped launch the 100th anniversary edition of Adventist-owned Herald of Health in January 2010.
The Oriental Watchman Publishing House (OWPH) at Salisbury Park, Pune, publishes the magazine. Owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, OWPH is 108 years old and is well known in India for its commitment to publishing high-quality literature in the field of health, education, and spiritual and family values. The magazine finds a prominent position among the medical fraternity and common people alike. People appreciate the magazine for its quality content with health principles that are common to the Indian philosophy of health.
 
Professor Indira of New Delhi is a 50-year subscriber to Herald of Health, and claims she grew up with this magazine. Moreover, she is absolutely sure that the Adventist health magazine has shaped her personality and character to become a fine and understanding teacher. This is just one of the many testimonies of how thousands have become appreciative practitioners of the Adventist philosophy of health and spirituality because of the magazine’s influence.
 
Started in January 1910, in Lucknow, North India, by Adventist missionaries, the Herald of Health has served and continues to serve the nation with durable dedication and commitment.

“Health is not to be found in bottles and pills, but in obedience to the laws of the Creator,” wrote H. C. Menkel, the first editor of the Herald of Health, in his first editorial. Moreover, he requested “the enthusiastic cooperation of readers in the effort of bringing better health and longer life to India’s people.”
 
During World War I, publication of the magazine was temporarily suspended. In 1924 OWPH was shifted to Pune, and the Herald of Health also found a new address. During this time the magazine was combined with The Oriental Watchman—a general religious magazine published by OWPH—and acquired the name The Oriental Watchman and Herald of Health.
 
In October 1965 the combined name was dropped and the magazine once again returned to its original name, Herald of Health. The magazine received critical acclaim when it was mentioned in the Park’s Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine as a good health magazine published in India.
 
Edwin Matthews, general manager; T. I. Varghese, editor-in-chief; Joy Kuttappan, editor; Ravi Sighamoney, treasurer; Lamm B. Fanwar, book editor; and foremen of the various departments of OWPH were also present at the ceremony held in the mayor’s office. Until 1970, the editors of the magazine were missionaries from abroad, but in the middle of that year John M. Fowler became its first national editor. 
 
                                                                                    Report from Oriental Watchman Publishing House.
 



 
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