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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

Smṛti literally means ‘remembrance’.

In a technical sense it refers to the secondary scriptures like the Manusmṛti which remind one, of the great spiritual truths contained in the Śruti or the Vedas. In a more literal or common sense, it means memory or remembrance. After directly perceiving or experiencing any object of sense through the jñānendriyas or the five organs of knowledge, when a person remembers that experience, it is called smṛti. In such a smṛti, either all the experience is remembered or a little less but never more. This is how it has been defined by the Yogasutras.[1] It is one of the five kinds of mental modifications.[2]


  1. Yogasutras 1.11
  2. It is called cittavṛttis.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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