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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

Mahat literally means ‘the great’.

Mahat is an important concept of the Sāṅkhya philosophy. It is also accepted by the Vedānta metaphysics. It is the first product of evolution of pradhāna or prakṛti (basic inert matter) comprising the three guṇas—sattva, rajas and tamas. It can be detailed in two aspects:

  • In its cosmic aspect it is ‘mahat’, the great germ of this vast world of objects.
  • In its psychological aspect it is buddhi, the cosmic intellect, from which the individual buddhis are produced in the course of time by further evolution.


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