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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Hasta literally means ‘hand’.

Though the word means ‘hand’ in general, it is also used in a more technical sense. It is the same as cubit, the length between the elbow and the end of the middle finger. It is 24 añgulas or 18 inches. This measurement is often used to specify the dimensions of a building, a tank, an embankment, etc.

When a house has to be built, the architect takes either of the owner’s or his wife’s or his eldest son’s cubit as the basic standard of length.

The word is sometimes used in place of the word ‘mudrā’ (hand-pose), for instance, in ‘abhayahasta’ and ‘varadahasta’.


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

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