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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

The Sanskrit language has a long history and a rich heritage. One of the innumerable writers who have contributed to its grammar and literature is Bopadeva(also spelt as Vopadeva or Hopadeva). He was the son of Keśava and a disciple of Dhaneśa. He lived in Berar, in the 13th century.

Bopadeva adorned the court of the king Mahādeva of Devagiri as the chief poet. The works attributed to him are:

  1. Muktāphala
  2. Harilīlāvivarana
  3. Sataśloki
  4. Mugdhabodha
  5. Kavikalpadruma

Mugdhabodha is an extremely popular primer of Sanskrit grammar. Kavikalpadruma deals with the dhātus or verbal roots. The authorship of the most popular purāṇa, the Bhāgavata, is sometimes attributed to him, though available evidence seems to weigh heavily against this theory.


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