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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. wheel; disc; circle; spin; turning
  2. a throwing weapon in the shape of a round disc or a flat ring with a sharp, often serrated edge, which is well-known as the weapon and symbol of Viśņu and Kŗşņa; a symbol of the sun;
  3. in Tantra, a number of subtle, psychic centres in the human body, starting from the base of the spine and placed above each other and ending with the last centre at the crown of the head along the length of the spinal chord. These are centers of activity that refers to a vortex of bioenergetic activity (hence, ‘cakra’, i.e. turning in a circle) emanating from the major nerve ganglia branching forward from the spinal column, that receives, assimilates, and expresses the evolutionary Life Force. Each cakra is representative of a group of human emotions, feelings, tendencies, instincts, propensities and differing degrees of psychological and psycho-physiological states – from the base to the increasingly refined and subtle. They are seen as the portals to, and by awakening or activating which, various degrees of reality, from relatively gross to increasingly subtle, can be perceived and increasingly expanding awareness, along with various psycho-physiological powers, or siddhi, can be achieved (Şcn. Tantra); a gathering around, or getting together (as in a circle) of people for any physical, mental or intellectual activity; in Tantric rituals, a gathering of male and female practitioners seated in a circular i.e a “round-table” formation to perform their prescribed rituals, categorized into 5 different types (Nu. Tantra); the different networks of intersecting nerves, or nerve plexus, in the body.