Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children Book Cover.webp

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. conqueror of wealth
  2. one of the epithets for Arjuna, the 3rd Pāndava (M. Bh.); the army of Kārttikeya or Skanda, given to him by Śiva (M. Bh.); a king of Kalińga (Kathā.); a nāga in the court of Varuņa who was the son of Kaśyapa and Kadru (M. Bh.); a Sanskrit literary figure in the court of the 11th century King Muñja; the great Indian Hornbill (Buceros bicornis).

Contributors to this article

Explore Other Articles