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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

Puruṣa literally means ‘one who sleeps in the city of nine gates or the body’.

In common use, the word ‘puruṣa’ means a man. A good man should have these five qualities:

  • Giving gifts to deserving persons
  • Appreciating the good in others
  • Feeling happy in the company of relatives and friends
  • Erudition in the scriptures
  • Capacity to fight for a righteous cause

He should also have great self-control. In the Upaniṣads, the word has often been used to indicate the jīva[1] and also the Paramātman.[2] The Sāñkhya philosophy uses it as a technical term indicating the individual soul. In Sanskrit grammar, it is used to denote the first, the second and the third persons.


  1. Jīva means the Self.
  2. Paramātman means the Supreme Soul or God.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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