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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

Samapatti literally means ‘attaining identity with the object of concentration’.

This is a technical term used by Patañjali[1] in his Yogasūtras.[2] Literally it means attaining identity[3] totally with the object of concentration. It refers to the state that the mind attains.

When the citta or the mind loses its vṛttis or modifications raised by tamas and rajas through yogic disciplines and becomes absolutely pure like a colorless crystal which becomes one with the object of concentration, it is said to have attained samāpatti. This is like the pure crystal totally reflecting a red hibiscus flower kept near it as if losing its own identity in the process. This is the same phenomenon as samādhi.


  1. He lived in 200 B. C.
  2. Yogasūtras 1.41
  3. here identity means Āpatti.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore