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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. with a stick or staff; punisher
  2. a class of renunciate monks who carry a staff, usually of thin bamboo, an example being the order founded by the Vedantic philosopher Śańkarācārya;
  3. a son of Dhŗtarāşţra according to an alternative list (M. Bh.); a Sanskrit literary figure of the Gupta era, known as the author of the Daśakumāracarita (tales of the ten princes) (ca. 6th century CE); another name for Yama and the Buddhist deity Mañjuśrī.