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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

In the classical Sanskrit literature Bhavabhīti's playwrights are often compared favorably with Kālidāsa. Bhavabhīti's playwrights are also considered to be the greatest. His original name was Srīkaṇtha. ‘Bhavabhuti’ or ‘Bhaṭṭabhavabhuti’ was the name by which he came to be known in the annals of Sanskrit literature. His parents were Jatukarṇi and Nīlakaṇṭha. Jñānanidhi was his teacher. He belonged to the Kāśyapa gotra or lineage. He must have lived in the early part of the 8th century A.D., in Padmapura of Vidarbha- deśa (near the modern Nagpur).

Three well-known nāṭakas or plays authored by him are:

  1. Mālatimādhava - It is a love story.
  2. Mahāviracarita - It is a story based on Rāmāyana.
  3. Uttar Arāmacarita - It is a story based on Rāmāyana.

The author has taken quite a bit of freedom in altering the original story to suit his purpose. His style is rather tough though elegant. Books on dramaturgy and poetics often quote his works as ideal examples for the particular points made out by them.


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