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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

Brahmādvaita-vāda literally means ‘the school that teaches Brahman, the one without a second’.

All the schools of Vedanta posit Brahman, the Absolute, as the primary reality. However, it is the Advaita Vedānta school of Śaṅkara (A. D. 788-820) that considers Brahman, not just the primary reality, but also the only reality and that it is ‘advaita,’ ‘the one without a second’.

This proposition seems to have been put forward not only as the most essential teaching of the Upaniṣads, but also to counter the Sabdādvaita-vāda of the grammar schools which propounded that ‘Sabda’ or the ‘Word’ was the sole origin of the universe.


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

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