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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

Apāntara-tamas literally means ‘one who has dispelled the inner darkness’.

An ancient sage, classed among the Brahmarṣis, is said to have been manifested out of the word ‘bhuh’ uttered by Lord Nārāyaṇa. Since Vāc or word is identified with the goddess Sarasvatī, he is also said to be Sārasvata or son of Sarasvati. Lord Nārāyaṇa commanded him to edit the Vedas and propagate them in each manvantara (age of Manu).

He was later on reborn as Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana or Vedavyāsa during the Dvāpara-yuga. He is also known by the other two names:

  • Prācīnagarbha
  • Vedācārya


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