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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

Sadāvrata literally means ‘the religious vow of always giving food’.

Vratas or religious rites with certain vows attached to it are a part of popular religion. Sadāvrata is also called as Annadānamāhātmya. It is one of them. Giving food to hungry persons is highly eulogized even in the Upaniṣads.[1][2] There are no fixed days and times for this gift of food. Interesting stories in the purāṇas describe the evil effects of not feeding hungry souls when they come to one’s house. The free kitchens in places of pilgrimage are also called by this name.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore