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 Swami Harshananda

Indriyanigraha literally means ‘control of the sense-organs’.

According to the Śrutis or the Vedas, Indriya-nigraha is necessary to attain mokṣa from transmigratory existence.

Mokṣa can be attained either through jñāna[1] or through bhakti.[2] For either of these paths, mind is the chief mode of sādhanā or spiritual practice. Since the Indriya-s or the sense-organs are allowed to go towards the sense-objects, it can make the mind impure or distracted and hence, there is a great need to reign them in. This is the meaning of the word Indriyanigraha.

The Indriya-s must be directed towards the objects or persons associated with God. By doing so, they bring in pure vibrations that help the aspirant to cleanse the mind.


  1. Jñāna means the knowledge or direct experience of one’s ātman-nature.
  2. Bhakti means devotion that leads one to God.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore