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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

The Bhakti movement started at a time when common people were opporessed by Muslim rulers and was sustained by a galaxy of great spiritual leaders from Rāmānuja to Caitanya (11th to 16th centuries A. D.).

One of the important predecessors and a senior contemporary of Caitanya was Advaitācārya (16th century A. D.) also known as Advaita or Advaita Prabhu. He was a resident of Śāntipur and a disciple of Mādhavendra Purī. It was in his house that Caitanya met his mother Sacī Devi for the first time after adapting sanyasa. It was also there that he decided to stay at Purī (Orissa) for the rest of his life.

Advaitācārya had the visions of Caitanya being an incarnation of Kṛṣṇa himself.

The Chaitanya school later described Advaitācārya as an aspect of Viṣnu.


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