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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.

User:M. A. Alwar

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Work Experience : 1. Assistant Professor of Nyaya Sastra – 13 years (at present), at Govt. Maharaja’s Sanskrit College, Mysore and teaching of texts of Indian Philosophy and logic at the Graduate and Post Graduate levels 2. Research scholar for approximately 3 years at Rastriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Deemed University) Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh 3. Junior Research Fellow for approximately 3 years of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi 4. Visiting Scholar of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh for the year 2002. 5. Hon. Project Director, Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine (I-AIM), Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) 74/2, Jarakabande Kaval, Attur Post, Yelahanka, Bangalore, South India and implementing the following Projects: (At Present) i. Comprehensive Descriptive Catalogue of Medical Manuscripts ii. Encyclopedia of Ayurveda (in 6 Volumes and E-Book format) iii. Preparation of Course Material on the Theoretical Foundations of Ayurveda iv. Conducting of Re-Orientation Programs on the Theoretical Foundations of Ayurveda for Professors and Lecturers of Ayurvedic Colleges from all over India v. Critical Edition, Translation and Publication of rare books of Ayurveda and Traditional Dietetics vi. Other such projects

Expert Manuscriptologist with the following achievements:

Sl. No. Detail of Activity 1. Collection and collation of information of more than 5000 manuscripts on Medicine at FRLHT, Bangalore. 2. Organized a 45 day long course on Medical Manuscriptology (with support from Dept. of AYUSH, Govt. of India) 3. Edited and published a book “Handbook of Medical Manuscriptology” 4. Involved in digitization of more than 50,000 frames of Medical Manuscripts in different parts of the country 5. Developed a comprehensive software for Cataloguing, Indexing and Information retrieval of medical manuscripts, presently housing information about approximately 10,000 medical manuscripts 6. Acquired, digitized, deciphered, edited and published many medical manuscripts, to name a few: 1. Bhojanakutuhalam 2. Kshemakutuhalam 3. Sukhananda Rasayanam 4. Vaidyajeevanam 5. Ayurveda-grantha etc. 7. Actively involved in the preparation of Multimedia Teaching Software for the ancient scripts of Grantha and Sharada 8. Prepared Proposals for Development of software for the i. Repair of Virtual Manuscript ii. Preparation of critical editions of unpublished manuscripts (with special reference to medical manuscripts) iii. Optical Character Recognition for different ancient scripts like Grantha etc. iv. Other necessary software tools for deciphering the information contained in the Manuscripts 9. Delivered lectures on Unearthing, collection, collation, digitization and deciphering etc (all aspects of manuscriptology) all over India in various institutions 10. Consultant to Institutions and Manuscript Repositories regarding the physical preservation, digitization and other aspects of manuscripts