Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children Book Cover.webp

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

Daṇḍakāraṇya literally means ‘forest of Daṇḍaka’.

Daṇḍakāraṇya, As per Vālmīki[edit]

According to the Rāmāyana of Vālmīki, the Daṇḍakāraṇya is the forest where Śri Rāma, the banished king of Ayodhyā, spent most of his years of exile.

Daṇḍakāraṇya in Purana-s[edit]

Daṇḍaka was one of the hundred princes sons of the king Ikṣvāku. Daṇḍaka had been assigned to rule over this area. His villainous nature made him molest Arajā, the daughter of his own guru, Śukrācārya. Consequently, he incurred the wrath of Śukrācārya who cursed him.

As a result, Daṇḍaka and his entire entourage was decimated and the kingdom itself reduced to a barren land leaving a small part. Hence this region was named as Daṇdaka or Daṇḍakāraṇya. Later on it was also known as Janasthāna, since several sages (jana = people) came there and settled down.

Daṇḍakāraṇya, In Modern Times[edit]

The area around the modern town of Nāsik (in Maharashtra) has now been identified as a part of Daṇḍakāraṇya.


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