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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 Jit Majumdar

  1. without end, inexhaustible.
  2. immortal, eternal.
  3. the cosmic serpent, or Śeşa, who symbolizes the residue of each cycle of creation in the Causal Waters, the life-force, and the building material of life (DNA), who was born of Kaśyapa and Kadru, and has a thousand heads, and on whose coils the preserving and sustaining Principle of the Supreme Divinity, Vişņu, rests as deactivated in cosmic sleep or yoganidrā, between each cycle of cosmic dissolution and the next cycle of creation; who is said to have incarnated as Lakşmaņa and Balarāma to accompany Vişņu’s incarnations of Rāma and Kŗşņa respectively; a captain in the army of Kārtikeya (M. Bh.); the asterism Śravaņa; another name for Brahmā Viṣṇu, Śiva and Balarāma; the creeper Gloriosa superba and its roots; the 14th Arhat of the Jains.
  4. One of the epithets frequently used to describe or praise God in the scriptures. The Upaniṣads hold that Brahman is:


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