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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 Himanshu Bhatt

Rākṣasa means someone who causes harm, thus violating the principle of ahimsā. This is a serious offence and is evil karma. It is a general term applied to anyone of physically very violent nature. Sometimes though people have used the term patronimically, such as in the case of Ravana.

In many cases rākṣasas were cannibalistic. Cannibalism itself is a violent act, and hence, is considered a Rākṣasa act. Even in Tibetan texts, one can find mention of cannibalistic rākṣasas. Padmasavbhava is described having taken the form of a turquoise cuckoo bird to subdue the cannibalistic rākṣasas

"slar lho nub srin-po'i kha gnon du g.yu bya khu-byug tu sprul nas gshegs-so."[1]

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  1. P. 123 The oral tradition from Zhang-Zhung: an introduction to the Bonpo Dzogchen teachings of the oral tradition from Zhang-Zhung known as the Zhang-Zhung snyan-rgyud John Myrdhin Reynolds