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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

Lobha literally means ‘greed’.

All religions in general stress on the importance of cultivating some basic ethical principles and one of these is eschewing greed.

Lobha is the excessive desire, especially the desire to appropriate to oneself what belongs to others; that too against the principles of dharma.

The Īśāvāsya Upaniṣad in its very first verse advises us not to covet anyone’s wealth and possessions. The Bhagavadgitā[1] calls it as a gateway to hell and exhorts the aspirant to give it up.

Lobha is classed among the ariṣaḍ-vargas or six enemies of man. The other enemies can be denoted as:

  1. Kāma - lust
  2. Krodha - anger
  3. Moha - infatuation
  4. Mada - intoxication
  5. Mātsarya - jealousy


  1. Bhagavadgitā 16.21
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore