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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Pramāda literally means ‘heedlessness’.

In general, the word means heedlessness or carelessness and a blunder that arises out of it. However, in the Yogasutras[1] of Patañjali,[2] it is used as a technical term and listed as an obstacle to yoga or samādhi. It is defined as neither remembering nor practicing the basic virtues like ahiṅsā[3] and satya,[4] which are essential for attaining samādhi.

Once the mind is allowed to slip from the path of yoga due to pramāda, it can result in a total fall.[5] The famous sage Sanatsujāta compares pramāda to mṛtyu or death since it ultimately leads to sansāra or trans-migratory existence.[6]


  1. Yogasutras 1.30
  2. He lived in 200 B. C.
  3. Ahiṅsā means non-injury.
  4. Satya means truth.
  5. Vivekacudāmaṇi, 324
  6. Sanatsujātīya 1.4
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore