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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

Hita literally means ‘that which is conducive to well- being’.

In general sense, this word means ‘well-being’. It is used in the philosophy of Rāmānuja (A. D. 1017-1137) in a technical sense. A person desirous of mukti or liberation has to know three things:

  1. Tattva or Reality
  2. Hita or the means of attaining the Reality
  3. Puruṣārtha or the nature of final attainment or mukti

One who is interested in hita should also be aware of five things such as svasvarupa (one’s own nature), parasvarupa (nature of God) and so on.


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