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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.


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By Jit Majumdar

  1. the owner/ possessor of splendour or wealth
  2. Godhead; one who possesses or embodies the 6 qualities or “powers” as mentioned in scriptures, namely those of ‘divinity’ (iśvarattva); ‘wealth/opulence’ (aiśvarya), ‘beauty’ (śrī); ‘knowledge’ (vijñāna); ‘fame’ (yaśas) and ‘strength/valour’ (śaktī/ vīrya) -- alternately in some sources including ‘detachment’ (vairāgya); a common epithet for any great and revered person who embodies such great qualities
  3. the commonly used (masculine) noun for God. (Fem: bhagavatī:)
  4. another name for Durgā and Kālī, but also used in a general sense for all forms of the Mother Goddess such as Lakşmī, Sarasvatī, Pārvati etc.