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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

  1. venerable; deserving; worthy; respectable; honourable
  2. a wise or liberated being of the Jainas (J.S. Koşa); a follower of Buddhism aspiring for Nirvāņa (B. Sāhitya).

Derived from the verbal root ‘arh’ (‘to deserve’) the word ‘Arhat’ is common to both Buddhism and Jainism. However it is in Jainism that it is more current.

The Arhats (also spelt as Arahats or Arahantas) are beings who have become perfect and can teach the way to perfection to others. They are endowed with unlimited knowledge, vision, power and bliss. They are free from the limitations of flesh like hunger or thirst, since their bodies are not material.

‘Jina’ is another name commonly applied to them. In the Pañcaparamesthi mantra the Arhats are the first to whom obeisance is offered (ṇamo arihantāṇam).


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