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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. the realm of Brahmā; the realm of the Infinite
  2. one of the celestial realms or planes of existence in Hindu cosmology, which is the abode of those spirits who have achieved the highest state of liberation. In Theravāda Buddhism, it includes the 20 uppermost planes of existence, of which the lower 16 of are the rupa-brahma-loka, i.e., realms which are made of and inhabited by existences having name and form – each realm in ascending order being inhabited by progressively radiant gods. The highest four realms, the arupa-brahma-loka, are devoid of any substance, and any relative quality like name and form.

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