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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

Anasuyā literally means ‘one without jealousy’.

One of the most celebrated women of mythology, considered as a model of wifely virtues, Anasuyā was a daughter of Kardama and Devahṅti. She was married to the great sage Atri whom she served with intense devotion and love. Once, when there was a severe famine, she saved people by producing vegetables and fruits through her power of tapas (austerity). She even made the river Gaṅgā which had dried up, flow again.

The Trinity (Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva) subjected her to a severe test of her chastity from which she emerged successfully. As a reward they were born as her children :

When Rāma and Sitā visited Atri’s hermitage in the daṇdaka forest, Anasuyā taught Sītā the value of devoted service to one’s husband as the necessary and sufficient discipline for spiritual welfare.


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

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