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In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences faced by Indian American children after exposure to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We demonstrate that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse (Mill was the head of the British East India Company) and the current school textbook discourse. This racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces the same psychological impacts on Indian American children that racism typically causes: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon akin to racelessness, where children dissociate from the traditions and culture of their ancestors.

This book is the result of four years of rigorous research and academic peer-review, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Amṛt literally means ‘the nectar’.

There have been several renaissance movements in which have reformed and revitalized it. One of the latest of such movements is the one started by Guru Nānak (A. D. 1469-1538). It is now known as Sikhism and considered as an independent religion.

Guru Gobind Singh (A. D. 1666 - 1708) formed the Khālsā (‘personification of the guru’) an army of baptized Sikhs. The process of baptism consists of stirring some water in an iron bowl with a double-edged sword, mixing it with sugar and drinking it after sprinkling it on the face. Sacred verses from the Guru Granth Sāhib are uttered during the stirring. The water itself was called ‘amṛt’ or nectar. The procedure is followed even now.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore