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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

Ābhāsa is literally translated as ‘appearance’ or ‘reflection’.

Hence, it describes a false phenomenon which shows itself as the real. For instance, the reflection of an object in a mirror is an ‘ābhāsa.’ The word is widely used in Advaita vedānta in the context of the relationship between the jīva (individual self) and Brahman (the Supreme Self). The jiva according to one of the schools of Advaita Vedānta, is only an ‘ābhāsa’ of Brahman in and through the medium of the antahkaraṇa (mind).


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

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