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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children

A Francophone Postcolonial Analysis

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  • Analyzes the connection between James Mill's colonial-racist discourse and current school-textbook discourse.
  • Proposes that current textbook discourse on Hinduism and India needs to change to protect children from racism.
  • Engages in a thorough deconstruction of the current discourse.
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About this book

Euro-American misrepresentations of the non-West in general, and in particular on Hinduism and ancient India, run deep and have far greater colonial connections than that have been exposed in academia. This book analyzes the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. The authors show that there is an intimate connection—an almost exact correspondence—between James Mill’s colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. The very parameters and coordinates on which James Mill constructed the discourse are the ones that are being used to describe Hinduism, Hindus, and ancient India in the textbooks currently. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children a psychological impact quite similar to what 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 argues that the current school textbook discourse on Hinduism and India needs to change so that the Indian American children do not become victims of overt and covert racism. For the change to occur, the first step is to recognize the overarching and pervasive influence of the colonial-racist discourse of James Mill on the textbooks. For the reconstruction of the discourse to take place, the first step is to engage in a thorough deconstruction, which is what the book attempts.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sofia University, Palo Alto, USA

    Kundan Singh

  • Hindupedia, Cupertino, USA

    Krishna Maheshwari

About the authors

Kundan Singh is a professor at Sofia University, Palo Alto, the president of the Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco, and a senior fellow at Hindupedia, Cupertino.

Krishna Maheshwari has an MBA from Harvard Business School, and from Cornell University an MS in Computer Engineering and a BS in Computer Science. He works as the Chief Product Officer at NeuroBlade. Krishna also founded and directs the research institution Hindupedia.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children

  • Book Subtitle: A Francophone Postcolonial Analysis

  • Authors: Kundan Singh, Krishna Maheshwari

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  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-57626-3Published: 27 April 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-57629-4Published: 27 April 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-57627-0Published: 26 April 2024

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 259

  • Topics: Postcolonial Philosophy, Hinduism, Philosophy of Education, Imperialism and Colonialism

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