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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

Brahmacāriṇī literally means ‘unmarried or celibate lady’.

  • Out of the innumerable forms of Śakti (the Divine Mother) mentioned in the tāntric works, Brahmacāriṇī is an aspect of Durgā. She is pictured as having two arms carrying the rosary and a holy pot. She is one of the Navadurgās or nine aspects of Durgā.
  • The word brahmācāriṇī may also refer to a girl who had undergone the upanayana ceremony and was studying the Vedas, which custom seems to have existed in the earlier Vedic period.
  • In the modern context, it can refer to an unmarried woman in general, and a woman observing lifelong celibacy in particular.


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

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