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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.

Ragunatha Bhatta Goswami

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Krishna Maheshwari

Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami was born in 1505 in modern day Bangladesh. His father, Sri Tapana Misra, was a great devotee of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Sri Tapana Misra met Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, first in Eastern Bengal, and then again in Varanasi. While in Varanasi, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to dine at Sri Tapana Misra's home and Raghunatha would often massage the Lord's feet.

As a boy Raghunatha was adept in Sanskrit grammar and rhetoric. He became well versed in the scriptures. Upon coming of age his father sent him to Puri, where he met Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. There he spent eight months in the service of the Lord. He would cook for Him on a regular basis. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed Raghunatha never to marry and to study the scriptures. He ordered him to return to Varanasi and to care for his aging parents. He further told him that he would see him again in Jagganatha Puri. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gave Raghunatha a tulasi garland from his neck.

When Raghunatha 's parents passed away, he returned to Jagganatha Puri where he spent another eight months in the service of the Lord. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then sent Raghunatha to Vrindavana, to study the Srimad-Bhagavatam and other revealed scriptures under the guidance of Sri Sanatana Goswami and Sri Rupa Goswami. After some time Raghunatha's disciples built a temple for Sri Gaura Govinda in Vrindavana.

He passed away in 1579.