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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

Vidyādvāra literally means ‘doors of knowledge’.

Vidyā or knowledge cannot be given to any and every person. There are rules and restrictions regarding imparting it. According to one version, the following six persons are vidyādvāras or those fit to receive it:

  1. A brahmacāri residing in the guru’s house
  2. One who is eager to learn and is prepared to pay the fees
  3. One who is intelligent enough to understand well
  4. One who is learned in the Vedas and wants to learn other sciences
  5. One who is dear like a son or a friend but having the capacity to receive the knowledge
  6. One who is prepared to exchange his specialized knowledge for another field of knowledge


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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