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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

If orthodoxy and social hierarchy divided the society often causing great discontent among the lower classes and alienating them from the aristocrats, the Bhakti Movement started by the great mystics and saints of the country united all, irrespective of caste and class, into one family of devotees of God.

One such great saint hailing from the Tamil country was Nandanār. He belonged to the untouchable group of castes. Being an ardent devotee of Lord Śiva, he often longed to go to the holy city of Cidambaram and have a darśan[1] of the Lord there. After months of hesitation he reached the place. But after recalling the greatness of the city and his own low-birth status, he considered himself unworthy to enter it. Though he remained outside its walls, his yearning for the Lord became so intense that the brāhmaṇa priests were commanded by the Lord Śiva to bring his devotee into the temple. When this was done, Nandanār is said to have fallen into an ecstatic state. Very little is known of his life and times.


  1. Darśan means seeing the image.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math,


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