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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. diificult to reach or access
  2. unapproachable; unconquerable; inaccessible; a fort
  3. a rākşasa slain by goddess Durgā (Sk. Pur.); the myrrh tree, or “guggul” (Commiphora mukul); (fem: dūrgā):
  4. the primary and most predominant form of the Great Mother Goddess, who is depicted as a valiant and majestic warrior woman, with eight, ten, twelve or eighteen arms, brandishing various weapons, riding a lion, and slaying the mighty asura who takes the form of a buffalo (Mahişa), thus called Mahişāsura, and who, as the Mother of the universe, is the consort of Śiva as the Father of the universe, and the daughter of Himāvān, the demigod king as the personification of the Himalayas. She is worshipped throughout India in different names and forms, but most predominantly worshipped by the Bengali people in the above and form, and depicted with Gaņeśa, Lakşmī, Sarasvatī and Kārttīkeya as Her and Śiva’s four children.

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