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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 Mahābhārata is one of the two epics of the religion. It has been acclaimed as a veritable encyclopedia of dharma or righteousness.

Almost at the very end of this great epic, Vyāsa, its celebrated author, declares in great anguish that dharma is the basis of all wealth and pleasures of life. Though he is crying hoarse with both his hands uplifted, none seems to be interested in following it in life! He exhorts people not to abandon dharma even at the cost of one’s life, just for lust or fear or greed. The three verses containing his final message[1] are called ‘Bhārata-sāvitri'.


  1. Svargārohana-parva, 5.62-64
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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