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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

Mumukṣutva literally means ‘desire for mokṣa or liberation’.

According to the ṣaḍdarśanas or the six systems of the philosophy the real bondage for a soul is its being encased in a body, whether human or non-human. Hence mokṣa or mukti is permanent liberation from rebirth, and, regaining the original state. The desire for such mokṣa is ‘mumukṣutva’ or ‘mumukṣā’ and one who possesses such a desire is a ‘mumuksu’.


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