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We, the Hindu community of the U.S., object to the adoption of 6th Grade History-Social Science textbooks currently being considered by the State Board of Education in California.

The textbooks proposed for adoption do not adequately and correctly present the belief systems of Hinduism and core values of Indian culture. In the textbooks:

- There are factual errors and demeaning descriptions of Hinduism that contradict the beliefs of practicing Hindus.
- Material presented is not important or illuminating, often emphasizing stereotypes.
- There is a biased treatment of Hinduism when compared to other religions.

As a result of being taught incorrect information, such as that found in all 12 of the proposed textbooks, Hindu students often undergo a conflicting and demoralizing religious and cultural education, while other students receive false understanding and build a negative perception of Hinduism and Indian culture.

This situation is of utmost concern to the U.S. Hindu community. We, the undersigned, urge the State Board of Education members to delay the adoption of 6th Grade History-Social Science textbooks until the inaccuracies, biases and derogatory information are removed from the textbooks being considered for adoption.

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