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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

Sat literally means ‘the existent’.

The two words ‘sat’ and ‘asat’ are frequently mentioned and discussed in philosophical and religious works. If ‘sat’ stands for existence, unchanging reality, truth or the good, ‘asat’ represents all that is opposed to it. It can be defied by:

  1. Non-existent
  2. Transient
  3. Falsehood
  4. Evil
  5. Etc.

However, the word ‘asat’ is sometimes used in the Upaniṣads in the sense of the unmanifested state[1] before creation, and the word ‘sat’ to denote its manifested state.


  1. Taittirīyopanisad 2.7
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore