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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

If it is possible for a treatise to be more celebrated than its author, there can be no better example than Vijñāneśvara and his Mitākṣarā, which is his commentary on the Yājñavalkya Smrti. He must have composed his work during the period A. D. 1100-1120. He was the son of Padmanābha Bhaṭṭa and a pupil of Uttama. He composed his work during the reign of the king Vikramārka or Vikramādityadeva[1] in the city of Kalyāṇa. He had embraced monastic life. He was a great scholar in the Purva-mīmānsā philosophy, the rules of which he has often applied while determining the meaning of certain statements.


  1. He lived in A. D. 1076-1126.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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