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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

There are clear references of atheism in the Rāmāyana, the Mahābhārata and the Bhagavadgītā. But, holding atheistic beliefs has never been a bar within the religious folds. If the word ‘atheism’ is interpreted as non-belief in the existence of God, then Vedic systems like the Sāṅkhya-darśana and the Mīmāmsā-darśana, are atheistic.

The word, ‘nāstikatā’ is generally accepted to mean non-acceptance of the authority of the Vedas. In this sense, the three well-known systems of philosophy: Cārvāka, Jaina and Bauddha darśanas are classified as ‘nāstika.’


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