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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

Mukti literally means Liberation.

Mukti is liberation from all the sorrows and sufferings. The liberated soul will get full freedom to move about in the whole creation and also in īśvara who is all-pervading. However, the liberated soul has to come back at the end of a parāntakāla, the life duration of Brahmā. Īśvaropāsana[1] can be got through yoga, vidyā[2] can be attained through practice of dharma and company of the spiritually evolved souls.


  1. Īśvaropāsana means worship of God.
  2. Vidyā means knowledge.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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