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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

Paścātāpa literally means ‘feeling remorse afterwards’.

The topic of sins and their expiations is often discussed in the dharmaśāstras. They recognize that human beings are prone to the evil sanskāras or past impressions and tend to commit sins. The first and foremost step in the expiation of sins is to realize one’s mistake and repent for the same. This repentance, since it comes after[1] the deed is committed, is called ‘paścātāpa’. If this paścātāpa is intense, than in some cases it is equal to prāyaścitta or expiation.


  1. After means paścāt.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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