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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

The Amarakoṣa of Amarasinha (5th century CE) is the most famous one out of all the lexicons in Sanskrit. It has attracted many scholars to comment and expound it. One of the better known commentators is Kṣīra or Kṣīrasvāmin who was a scholar in the court of the king Jayaprada of Kashmir. He might have lived in the 8th century CE. Other sources assign him to 11th century CE. His commentary is known as Amarakosodghātana. Kṣīrasvāmin is said to have composed a commentary on the Dhātupātha of Pāṇini (5th century B. C.) also.


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

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