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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.


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By Jit Majumdar

  1. of eight limbs, parts, divisions or aspects
  2. the eight parts of the human body, which are: two arms, the heart, the head, the eyes, throat and the spine (alternately the mind); the eight parts of the body that should touch the ground during prostration, which are: the two big toes, the knees, the chest, the hands and the nose; the eight steps or levels that make up the system of yoga established by Pātañjalī, also called Rāja Yoga, which are yama (restraint); niyama (discipline); prāņāyama (breath control and channeling); pratyāhāra (withdrawing of the senses); dhārana (withholding the mind); dhyana (contemplation); and samādhi (immersion into superconsciousness) and siddhi (realization of the self).