Two Hinduphobic Books Rejected – Hindu Americans Win Historic Victory in California Textbooks

Sacramento, CA (November 10, 2017) — After more than a decade of constructive civic engagement with the California Department of Education, the Hindu American community won a significant victory yesterday in its quest for an accurate, equitable, and culturally competent portrayal of Hinduism and India in California textbooks.

In its final public hearing, the Department’s State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously to reject two deeply problematic textbook programs from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Grades K-6 and Grades 6-8) for adversely reflecting on Hinduism and other diverse communities.


Review of Drafts Submitted for 2017 History Social Science Textbook Adoption


In the great teaching of the Vedas, there is no touch of sectarianism. It is of all ages, climes and nationalities and is the royal road for the attainment of the Great Knowledge

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

The Indian teaching has a simple and grand religion… It teaches to speak truth, love others, and to dispose trifles.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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