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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as 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 is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Ādityatirtha literally means ‘place of pilgrimage connected to Āditya or Sun-god’.

Places of pilgrimage have always played a very important part in the life of a devotee. Endowed with natural beauty and conducive to peace and blessedness these places have been attracting millions of pious pilgrims since millennia.

Ādityatirtha is one of the less known places of pilgrimage mentioned in some of the scriptures.[1] Situated on the bank of the now invisible Sarasvatī river, the place got its name on account of its association with Āditya (Sun), who performed a sacrifice there and obtained lordship over all bright objects. It was here that Lord Viṣṇu killed the demons Madhu and Kaiṭabha.

Again it was in this sacred place that great sages like Vyāsa, Kṛṣṇa and Suka performed austerities and gained perfection. The Padmapurāṇa locates it at the confluence of the river Sābhramatī with the sea.


  1. Salyaparva, ch. 49 of Mahābhārata
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore