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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

A sage named Jājali performed severe austerities and developed a few powers because of which he became highly conceited. Then, a few benevolent spirits advised him to go to Tulādhāra[1] living in Kāśi for greater enlightenment.

When he approached Tulādhāra he was surprised to find that he had already come to know everything about his tapas and his conceit. On being questioned about this, Tulādhāra gave him a long discourse on true dharma.

The salient points of his teaching can be summarized as follows:

  • One should earn one’s livelihood with least injury to other beings.
  • He should be a friend of all, with an equanimous temperament.
  • He should practice detachment, self-control and freedom from fear.
  • Understanding the correct nature of dharma and then practicing it is the best way.[2]


  1. Tulādhāra was a vaiśya merchant.
  2. Mahābhārata, Śāntiparva Chapters 262 and 263
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore