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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

Śiśupāla was one of the villains depicted in the Mahābhārata. He was the son of Damaghoṣa[1] and Śruta- śravā.[2] He was born with four hands and three eyes. A voice from the void declared that he, in whose lap the child will lose its extra limbs, will ultimately be its killer. When this happened in Kṛṣṇa’s lap, Śrutaśravā begged Kṛṣṇa to forgive him a hundred times. Kṛṣṇa consented.

When Śiśupāla ascended the throne of the kingdom of Cedi, he proved to be a great tyrant and womanizer. During the Rājasuya sacrifice, he abused Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa forgave his abuses upto a hundred times and then killed him with his Sudarśana discus. He was the third incarnation of Jay[3] who had been cursed by the four sages.[4] Hiraṇyakaśipu and Rāvaṇa were his earlier incarnations.


  1. He was the king of Cedi.
  2. She was the sister of Kuntī.
  3. Jay was a gatekeeper of Vaikuṇṭha.
  4. The sages who cursed him were Sanaka and his brothers.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore