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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Gorakhpur literally means the ‘city of Gorakhnāth’.

Gorakhpur is situated on the bank of the river Rāpti at a distance of 240 kms.[1] to the North of Vārāṇasī or Kāśī in Uttar Pradesh. A beautiful temple is built over the samādhi[2] of the well-known sage Gorakhnāth[3] who perhaps lived in the eleventh century A. D. is the main religious attraction of this place.

The sanctum houses the samādhi. Behind it is an image of Mother Kālī. An oil lamp is kept burning always near the image and never allowed to be put out. The Maṭha (monastery) is a part of the temple campus. Its head (called ‘mahanta’) is considered as a perfect being. One of the chief attractions of this place is the Gītā Press which is doing commendable service in spreading religion and culture. The town now has a University and is also a center of trade, industry and commerce.


  1. 240 kms is 150 miles.
  2. Samādhi is the place of burial.
  3. Gorakhnāth is also spelt as Gorakha/Gorakṣanātha.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore