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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. with a rope/ girdle tied around the belly (udara)
  2. one who is known or achieved with a mind that is purified (udara) by restraint or self-control (dama)
  3. an epithet of Kŗşņa as a baby, referring to the story of his foster mother Yaśodā tying him up with a rope around his waist and to a heavy object to prevent him from crawling around and doing mischief (Bg. Pur.); a river flowing through the eastern Indian states of Jharkhand and West Bengal.

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