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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 Virendra Qazi

You are the Sky, You are the earth
You are the day, the very air, the night
You are the grain-offering, sandal paste, flowers and water too
You are everything, O Lord
So what can we offer You?"

So sang Lalleshwari or Lal Ded. The 14th century village girl turned mystical genius, had a vision of the past, present and future. She foretold the condition of our present times, that material advancement has led to internal despair. Although the world has become a global village or family due to communication and networking, we still fight over narrow things like caste, creed and color.

But Lalla also sang of hope for sincere aspirants to realize God within. Essentially, she was a torch bearer of the new spiritual movement that witnessed great saints like Guru Nanak, Meera, Kabir, Tukaram and many others.

Born into a Pandit family, she found herself inundated by empty rituals. Her mother-in-law starved her. She would serve a big round stone covered with a layer of rice to give it the semblance of a big helping. Lalla would patiently wash the stone and keep it back in the kitchen for her mother-in-law to use again.

She observed wise and learned men starving, withering like leaves in the winter wind. On the other hand, she saw a fool enjoying a full meal and then beating his cook for minor shortcomings.

Lalla revealed her agony but counseled patience, contentment and forbearance. Finally, she relinquished her home and became a wandering nun. People flocked to her as her supernatural powers got revealed. Failing to dislodge her from the spiritual path, Lalla's mother-in-law poisoned her son's mind with false accusations. One day as Lalla returned from filling her water pitcher, her husband accosted and abused her. He struck her pitcher in rage, but miraculously the water stayed intact though the earthern pot broke and scattered.


  • Also published in the Hindustan Times as "Vision of Lalleshwari" by Virendra Qazi