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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

Niti literally means ‘that which leads towards the good’.

Various meanings or inferences of the word are as follows:

  • In the most general sense, the word ‘nīti’ means ‘morality’ and ‘ethics’.
  • In course of time, it was considered as an abbreviation of rājanīti or political science.
  • The word is also used to indicate any systematized form of thought like Śukranīti and Viduranīti.
  • Dharma, which is a more comprehensive word, includes nīti.


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

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