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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

  • The tulsi plant (holy basil) is considered extremely sacred. Almost every household, especially of the Vaiṣṇavas, deem it a privilege to have it in their compound. More often it is enclosed in a brick structure filled with fertile earth. This structure along with the plant is called bṛndāvana. Bṛndāvanas are also built on the samādhis (places of burial) of Vaiṣṇava sādhus (sanyāsins and religious heads).
  • The word is sometimes used to indicate Vṛndāban (Kṛṣṇa’s childhood place) in Uttar Pradesh.


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

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