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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

Sansāra literally means ‘roaming about through births and rebirths’.

According to religion, though the ātman[1] is eternally free or nityamukta, it has somehow got itself entangled with avidyā.[2] It is stated to be anādi or beginning-less. Though it can be ended.

This avidyā leads to its perceiving dvaita or duality which is the world and other beings as different from it. This ideology creates kāma or desire in its mind, to get what it wants or get rid of what it does not want. To fulfill this kāma it has to take repeated births. This transmigration is called sansāra.


  1. Ātman means the soul or the Self.
  2. Avidyā means ignorance or nescience.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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