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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

Hṛdaya literally means 'that which is taken away by the sense-objects’.

The word ‘hṛdaya’ is generally used in two senses:

  1. Physical heart
  2. Seat of mind

It has always been considered as the seat of consciousness. Suśruta describes the shape of the heart as that of a half-open lotus with the face upward. Caraka (3rd cent. A. D.) says that the ten dhamanīs or ducts, which carry the constituents of the body, start from the heart. Figuratively, the word is used to indicate the inner sense of a thing.


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