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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

Bālāki refers to

  • Son of Balākā
  • One of King Dhṛtarāṣtṛa's 100 sons (in Mahabharata)

Son of Balākā[edit]

The Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad[1] mentions one sage Bālāki (Son of the lady Balākā) who was Gārgya (a descendant of the sage Garga). He was nicknamed as ‘Drpta-Bālāki’ since he was a vain person (dṛpta = vain).

He had mastered one aspect of the knowledge of Brahman. He went to the King Ajātaśatru of Kāśī and expressed his desire to teach him. The King saw through Bālāki vanity and proved his own superiority. Bālāki accepted the king as his guru and learned about nirguna Brahman.


  1. Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad 2.1
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore