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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

  1. without bottom
  2. immensely deep; depth that cannot be measured.
  3. first of the seven worlds below the Earth

Atala the world[edit]

This is the first of the seven nether worlds, just below Bhuloka, the earth. In beauty and comforts, with plenty of luxury articles, it competes with heaven as it were. Though it is beyond the region covered by sunlight, it is always filled with brilliant but soothing light of the gems on the hoods of the great serpents that live here.

The denizens of this region are endowed with eternal youth and beauty. They are ever immersed in amorous sports and pleasures.


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