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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.

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I am a software engineer, very interested in Samskritam and what is contained in Samskritam. I am a student and a teacher. I am currently doing my Masters in Samskritam. I am also interested in making Samskrita information available generally, as also take others closer to Samskritam.

I volunteer for Samskrita Bharati. I teach Samskrita Bharati's classes. I also teach on my own - I teach Tamizh, Sciences, Samskritam (customized - one-on-ones). I have created a few games. I have written a few stories. I have created syllabus for achieving better reach among children.

Generally speaking, my ambition is to make available a lot of the positive aspects of my own childhood, and the Indian traditions, to the children of this country / of this time, retaining the traditional flavor.