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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 Swami Harshananda

Ekāntadharma literally means ‘a dharma which has only one end’.

The greatest devotees are referred to as ‘ekāntins’ in devotional scriptures such as the Nārada Bhaktisutras [1]. This means that their only aim of life is God (eka = one, anta = end). Their devotion and consequent characteristics can be described as ‘ekāntadharma’. Some of these qualities are:

  • Shedding tears in the name of God
  • Overcome by devotion
  • Hearty conversations with other devotees on topics related to God and spiritual disciplines
  • Visiting places of pilgrimage
  • Performing scripture-ordained actions as a model for others
  • Deep immersion in the thoughts of God
  • Not making any distinction based on caste, learning, pedigree and wealth while dealing with others


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore