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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.

Zahid R. Chaudhary

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Sachi Anjunkar

Zahid R. Chaudhary is an associate professor at Princeton University[1]< as of April 2024. According to his university profile, he specializes in postcolonial studies, visual culture, and critical theory. His first book, Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India, provides a historical and philosophical account of early photography in India, analyzing how aesthetic experiments in colonial photographics.

As per his CV and per Google Scholar, he has published no papers or research as pertaining to Hindus, rights of Hindus, impact or relationship between Islam and Hinduism / Hindutva, India, or the Indian Government.

In 2021, he endorsed the "Dismantling Global Hindutva" conference stating that

"the current government of India [in 2021] has instituted discriminatory policies including beef bans, restrictions on religious conversion and interfaith weddings, and the introduction of religious discrimination into India’s citizenship laws. The result has been a horrifying rise in religious and caste-based violence, including hate crimes, lynchings, and rapes directed against Muslims, non-conforming Dalits, Sikhs, Christians, adivasis and other dissident Hindus. Women of these communities are especially targeted. Meanwhile, the government has used every tool of harassment and intimidation to muzzle dissent. Dozens of student activists and human rights defenders are currently languishing in jail indefinitely without due process under repressive anti-terrorism laws."

Publications related to India[edit]

  1. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "Paranoid Publics." History of the Present: A Journal of Critical History, vol. 12, no. 1, Apr. 2022, pp. 103-126. DOI: 10.1215/21599785-9547248.
  2. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "The Politics of Exposure: Truth After Post-Facts." ELH, vol. 87, no. 2, Summer 2020
  3. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "Sacrificial Citizenship: On Muslims and Assimilation in a Neoliberal Frame." Social Text, no. 140, Aug. 2019.
  4. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "Impunity." Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon, 2018.
  5. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "Itinerant Photography: Medium and Translation in the work of Imran Channa." In Photography in India: From Archives to Contemporary Practice, edited by Aileen Bradley & Chinar Shah, London: Bloomsbury, 2018.
  6. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "On Finitude: Life and Death Under Neoliberalism." In Fotofest 2018 Biennial: India, Contemporary Photographic and New Media Art, Exhibition Catalogue, New York: Prestel, 2018.
  7. Chaudhary, Zahid R. Afterimage of Empire: Photography in Nineteenth-Century India. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.
  8. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "Subjects in Difference: Walter Benjamin, Frantz Fanon, and Postcolonial Theory." differences, vol. 23, no. 1, 2012, pp. 151-183.
  9. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "The Labour of Mimesis." Social Semiotics, vol. 20, no. 4, Sept. 2010, pp. 357-365.
  10. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "Humanity Adrift: Race, Materiality, and Allegory in Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men." Camera Obscura, 2009, vol. 24, no. 3 (72), pp. 73-109.
  11. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "Phantasmagoric Aesthetics: Colonial Violence and the Management of Perception." Cultural Critique, no. 59, Winter 2005, pp. 63-119.
  12. Chaudhary, Zahid R. "Controlling the Ganymedes: The Colonial Gaze in J.R. Ackerley’s Hindoo Holiday." South Asia, Vol. XXIV, Special Issue, 2001, pp. 47-57. Reprinted in Sexual Sites, Seminal Attitudes: Sexual Masculinities and Culture in South Asia, Sage Publications, 2004.


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