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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

Ādiśakti literally means ‘Primeval Power’.

The source and sustenance of all creation whether at the level of matter, mind or life, is one. It is called Śakti (power or energy). A cyclic theory of creation (sṛṣṭi), preservation (sthiti) and destruction (pralaya) goes on eternally. It is the Śakti of God that is responsible for this. This Śakti is usually conceived as a female deity, as the Consort of God. Since she is the original source, she is often called ‘Ādiśakti,’ the Primeval Power.

It is the Śaiva and Śākta Āgama works that propound this theory of Śakti, and She is fully identified with Pārvatī, Śiva’s Consort.

Māyā (the illusory power of God) of Vedānta and Durgā of the purāṇas are also called Ādiśakti since they also are identified with Pārvatī.


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