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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

Jñānamārga literally means ‘the path of jñāna or knowledge’.

Jñānamārga can be followed on its own or can be taken up as a progression from Karmamārga.

Path of action. A person has to perform all the actions ordained by the scriptures to attain progress in worldly life and prepare for spiritual enlightenment also.
Path of knowledge. This path is a continuation of the karmamārga and is considered to be superior to it. One is expected to give up all the actions and perform only those required to maintain the body. One must continue to do sādhanās or spiritual practices.


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