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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

Balapramathinī literally means ‘destroyer of strength’.

Śakti or divine power of God is often pictured as a goddess and as the consort of the Deity. For instance, Pārvatī is the power of Śiva, personified as his consort. Out of the several such goddesses, all being the aspects of the supreme Śakti, Balapramathinī is a minor one.

  • Since Sṅrya or Sun is hot and enervating, this deity represents the Sun as a tattva or principle.
  • She is pictured as white or reddish in complexion and has two hands carrying a kapāla (skull) and a pāśa (noose).
  • She is the destroyer of all enemies and hence propitiated as such.
  • Her consort is Ugra, a terrible aspect of Śiva.


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

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