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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

Brahmavāda literally means ‘the philosophy that propounds Brahman’.

The Bhāgavata occupies a pre-eminent place not only among the purāṇas but also among the general scriptures. The book can be considered as a gospel of divine life rather than a textbook of systematic philosophy. Its teaching has a theoretical as well as a practical aspect. The book having this gospel is known as Brahmavāda while the textbook of philosophy is called as the Bhāgavata-dharma.

The essence of Brahmavāda is that Brahman or Ātman is the only Absolute Reality. The whole universe, including our body, mind and ego, is only an expression in name and form of that Brahman. However, this view differs from pantheism. According to pantheism theory Brahman does not exhaust himself in the manifestation of this universe. He is neither limited nor affected in any way by the phenomenal universe. He is both immanent and transcendent.


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

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