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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

Ādivāsīs literally means ‘Original inhabitants’.

The population of the Ādivāsīs in India exceed thirty million. They are primarily to be found in north-east India, Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and parts of Maharashtra, Deccan and South India. It is unknown how many have come as migrants vs how many are actually ‘original’ inhabitants. The various tribes of Adivāsis largely inhabiting the mountain and jungle areas, differ widely from one another with regard to racial characteristics, language, food habits, modes of dress, means of occupation as also their cult and culture.

Their religious beliefs and observances include the worship of nature and totems as also their ancestors and spirits. They have many taboos and bloody sacrifices are common. Priests typically have a tight grip over the community. Modern education, wherever it has percolated, is resulting in changing their their life style.


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