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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

Prātibha literally means ‘intuition’.

Many powers are hidden in the mind. Spiritual disciplines involving purification and concentration bring out these hidden powers.

One such, mentioned in the Yogasutras[1] of Patañjali[2] is the prātibha. It is the power by which correct and clear knowledge about any object arises in the mind just by a wish needing no other means. It may be as follows:

  • Sukṣma - knowledge concerning a very subtle object.
  • Vyavahita - knowledge of hidden object.
  • Viprakṛṣta - knowledge of object at a great distance.
  • The knowledge of past and future events.


  1. Yogasutras 3.33 and 36
  2. He lived in 200 B.C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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