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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

Sant Jñāneśvar[1] was the earliest of the saints of Maharashtra who initiated the Bhakti Movement. His elder brother Nivṛttinātha[2] was his guru. Sopāna was his younger brother and Muktābāi, his sister, was the youngest one in the family.

Muktā, as she was fondly known, was considered as an incarnation of Mahāmāyā.[3] She too was a highly evolved saint and was the spiritual teacher of Visobā Khecar and Cāṅgadev.[4] There are a few abhaṅgas[5] in her name.


  1. He lived in A. D. 1275-1296.
  2. He was a disciple of Gayanīnātha, a follower of the Nātha sect.
  3. She was the power of Lord Viṣṇu.
  4. He was a great haṭhayogi, well-known for his psychic powers.
  5. It means bhajans in Marāthi.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore