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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.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Āślesā literally means ‘the embracer’.

Āśleṣā is the ninth nakṣatra (constellation of stars) in the list of 27 normally found in astronomical works. The stars of this group are eta, sigma, delta, epsilon, rho and zeta Hydrae.

It is usually classified as belonging to the rākṣasa group. Serpent is its presiding deity. It is considered as an evil nakṣatra so much so that if children are born in it, special śāntis or propitiatory rites like ‘gomukha-prasava-śānti’ are prescribed to be performed to ward off its effects. Travelling is forbidden when this nakṣatra is in the ascendant.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore