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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. killer of one; a weapon that kills only one single target
  2. a weapon (also called ekapuruşaghātinī) given to Karņa by Indra, in exchange for the latter’s invincible body armour that he was born with, when he tricked Karņa into giving it away as charity to him, to render him vulnerable and at a disadvantage during his face-off with arch-rival Arjuna. Karņa saved the weapon carefully since it had the quality to invariably and surely destroy its target though it can kill only one target, but was forced to use it against Ghaţotkaca to stop his terrible power and his massacre of the Kaurava army, thus losing the weapon before his final confrontation with Arjuna (M. Bh.).