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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

Vairāgya literally means ‘absence of attachment’.

Vairāgya or absence of attachment or renunciation is the second of the four sādhanas listed under ‘sādhanacatuṣtaya’. It is a natural consequence of viveka or discrimination. It pertains to all objects of pleasure, whether of this world or of the next. The highest state of vairāgya is that in which the mind is absolutely undisturbed even though an object of temptation is near at hand and can easily be enjoyed.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. Yogasutras 1.15
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore