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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 Jit Majumdar

  1. gentle; decent; pleasant; noble; fair; good; gracious
  2. fortunate; prosperous; auspicious; blessed
  3. a king of Cedi who fought for the Pāņdavas in the Bharata War (M.Bh.); one of the four mythical elephants that support the world (V. Rām.); a Yakşa who was the grandson of Kubera (M.Bh.); one of the 12 sons of Vişņu (Bhāg. Pur.); the sages of the 3rd Manvantara (Bhāg. Pur.); a son of Vasudeva and Devakī (Bhāg. Pur.); a son of Kŗşņa and Kālindī (Bhāg. Pur.); a sage who was the father of Upamanyu (M. Bh.); another name for Śiva; (Fem: bhadrā:) the 7th and 12th days of the lunar fortnight (Par. Samhitā); a form of Durgā (T. Śāstra); a form of the Goddess Dākşāyaņī (Viş. Pur.); a Buddhist goddess (A. Kośa); the wife of Vaiśravaņa (Kubera) (M. Bh.); a daughter of Vasudeva’s sister Śrutakīrtī, and wife of Kŗşņa (Bhāg. Pur.); the daughter of King Viśāla and the wife of King Śiśupāla (M. Bh.); the daughter of King Kakşivāna and the wife of King Vyuşitāśva (M. Bh.); a princess from the Paurava lineage who was a wife of Vasudeva (Hari. Pur.); one of the 4 tributaries of the celestial Gańgā (A. Kośa); a daughter of Soma and the wife of Utathya (V. Rām.); a daughter of Raudrāśva and Ghŗtācī (V. Rām.); informal name for Subhadrā, the sister of Balarāma, half-sister of Kŗşņa, wife of Arjuna and the mother of Abhimanyu.

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