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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

A small town of the Maharashtra State, about 23 kms. (15 miles) from the city of Pune (Poona), has acquired the status of a pilgrimage center by its association with the greatest saint of Maharashtra, Sant Jṅāneśvar or Jñāna- deva. The saint was born in 1271 A.D. here. He attained samādhi in 1296 A.D. Thousands of devotees still believe that he lives in his subtle body in the cave where he went into samādhi.

Every year, on the eleventh day of the dark half of Kārttika (November— December), the day on which Jṅāneśvar is said to have attained samādhi, a huge congregation of devotees come here to get his blessings.


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