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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

Anṛta literally means ‘the not-straight'.

The words ṛta, satya and anṛta are frequently used in the Vedic literature, the first two being often used synonymously. If ṛta stands for ‘what is straight,’ the Truth at its fundamental level, for the thing-in-itself, satya stands for the verbal expression of the same.

Anṛta means the opposite of ṛta or simply what is not ṛta is used mostly to indicate untruth, commonly called asatya. Speaking anṛta has always been considered as a great sin.


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

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