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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

Tāyumānavar lived in A. D. 1705-1742. Tāyumānavar was a great Śaiva saint of Tamil Nadu. He is still a living force in the religious life of Tamil country. He was a vellāla by caste and attached to the great Śiva temple at Vedāraṇyam near Tanjavoor.[1]

By virtue of his learning and character he became a high official in the court of the Naik ruler, Vijayaraṅga Cokkanāthar, of Tiruchirapalli. Since he yearned for spiritual wisdom he gave up his job and spent his time in sādhana under an able guide. He composed few poems in Tamil, making an attempt to synthesize Vedānta with Śaivasiddhānta. He rose above the narrow religious disputes and reached to the high levels of philosophical wisdom.


  1. Tanjavoor is present Tanjore.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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