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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. worship; adoration; veneration
  2. a genre of songs and their performance, encompassing diverse traditions and in different Indian languages, chiefly lyrical in composition, and which can be either strictly classical, light-classical/ semi-classical, or folk and popular by nature, and which are basically about devotion, love and surrender to the Divine, and the relation between the Divine and the devotee. The primary subject matter of these are anecdotes and episodes from mythologies and legends in scriptures, the teachings and life-incidents of famous devotees, mystics and saints and the narrations and descriptions of the deities’ qualities and characteristics and the love and admiration of the devotee for them, their deeds, legends, and the relations and interactions between them and their devotees.