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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

Arundhatī, the famous wife of the famous sage Vasiṣṭha, is considered as the paragon of wifely virtues. She was the daughter of Prajāpati Kardama and Devahuti. Atri’s wife Anasuyā was her sister and the sage Kapila, her brother. The ṛṣi Śakti was her son. She was as erudite as her husband and was an ācāryā (preceptor) in her own right.

She is said to exist in the form of a nakṣatra or a star. The ‘Arundhatī- nakṣatra’ is identified as the star Alcor, belonging to the Great Bear group.

It is obligatory for newly married couples to see the Arundhati nakṣatra. Since it is very dim and scarcely visible, the priest shows the brighter stars nearby and then gradually directs their eyes to the real Arundhatī. This is known as ‘Arundhati Darśana Nyāya’ or simply as ‘Arundhatī Nyāya.’ It signifies the method of leading from the gross to the subtle, from the known to the unknown, in logic and philosophy.

Arundhatī is also the name of a medicinal plant used to heal serious wounds.


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