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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. terrible; fearsome; awesome; formidable; forbidding
  2. the son of King Śāntanu and Gańgā, the patriarch, guardian and regent of the Kuru family, the uncle of Dhŗtarāşţra and Pāndu, and the grand-uncle of the Kauravas and Pāndavas. He was born as Devavrata but came to be known by this name for the prowess, courage and for taking the formidably difficult and challenging vow of remaining celibate and unmarried for life, and giving up the right to the throne as his father’s successor, for the sake of his father who desperately wanted to marry the fisherman’s daughter Satyavatī, by agreeing to such a condition laid down by the fisherman (M. Bh.); another name for Śiva.

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