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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

Cakrapuṣkariṇī literally means ‘tank of the discus’.

Once Viṣṇu dug a pit with his cakra or discus and sat in it to perform severe penance. The whole pit was filled with his perspiration. In admiration of this penance Śiva shook his head. Due to this, his ear-ornament fell into this pit. Hence it came to be known as ‘Cakrapuṣkariṇī or ‘Maṇikarṇikā’. It is the same Maṇikarṇikā Ghāṭ of the river Gaṅgā in Vārāṇasī or Kāśī.


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