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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. causer of fear; maker of fearful noise
  2. fearsome; frightening; awesome; terrible; formidable; destroyer of fear
  3. the terrible and dark aspect of Śiva; the collective name for the personified aspects or manifestations of Śiva who are 8 in number, namely: Kāla Bhairava, Asitāńga Bhairava, Sańhāra Bhairava, Ruru Bhairava, Krodha Bhairava, Kapāla Bhairava, Rudra Bhirava and Unmatta Bhairava (T. Śāstra); a rāga of the early-morning and also a ţhāţ (parent scale) in Indian classical music, traditionally attributed to and associated with Śiva; a son of Śiva by the queen Tārāvatī of Karavirapura (M.Bh.); an epithet for an advanced adept/ guru of Tantra; a general epithet for Śiva, specially in Tantrik literature. (fem: bhairavī:)
  4. the (terrible or fearsome) consort of Bhairava;
  5. a name for Durgā and Kālī; the female attendants or companions of Durgā or Kālī; an evening rāginī and also a ţhāţ (parent scale) in Indian Classical music.

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