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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

Asita (the dark one) also called Devala, was a sage well-versed in yoga. He was the elder brother of sage Dhaumya and an expert in sarpavidyā (science of snakes). Hence those afflicted with the fear of snakes are advised to remember him. Through his grace, they can overcome that fear. He is said to have become a disciple of Jaigīṣavya, who once visited his hermitage and exhibited his extraordinary powers. He is one of the sages through whom the Mahābhārata was spread among the people. Ekaparṇā, the daughter of Himavān (the Himalayas) was his spouse.


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