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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. to give through destroying; to consecrate through giving
  2. initiation; dedication; consecration
  3. the initiating of the disciple, follower, or student by a guru, in a particular religious tradition, through some prescribed set of rituals, to signify that the initiated person has been accepted by the guru as his/her protégé and that his/her spiritual training and development is henceforth the responsibility of the guru, who will give the required guidance to the initiated one; that can be done either by sight, touch, or word and is meant to be a symbolic process that bestows upon the deserving initiated transcendental spiritual knowledge through the destruction of the seeds of sin and ignorance (Vy. Tantra).

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