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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

Aruṇagirināthar was an author of a work called 'Tiruppugal' which contains soul-stirring hymns on Lord Muruga (Subrahmaṇya), is very popular in Tamil Nadu.

  • He was a Śaiva saint who lived in the 15th century.
  • It is said that he had an infamous birth and led a riotous life in his youth.
  • A simple remark from his own sister caused such an intense remorse that he tried to commit suicide by jumping from the high tower of the temple.
  • However, God saved him in a miraculous way. Thenceforth he dedicated his life to God.
  • A sublime poetry welled forth from his heart as a result of divine grace showered on him.
  • Some other treatises are also attributed to him.


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