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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

Bhavatārini literally means ‘One who causes the jīva to cross the ocean of samsāra’.

Worship of God as the Śakti (the Divine Power or Mother) is quite ancient in the religious tradition. One of the more well-known and especially the fierce aspects of this Śakti is Kālī. Bhavatārīṇī, which literally means ‘one who helps the jīva or the individual soul to cross over samsāra or transmigratory existence,’ is one of the names by which Kāli is known in the Bengali tradition of Śakti worship.

The deity at the famous temple of Kāli in Daksiṇeśvar (Calcutta) has been well-known as Bhavatārini.


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