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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

Daityas literally means ‘sons of Diti’.

The Puranas are replete with the stories of constant wars and conflicts between the suras and the asuras, the devas and the dānavas. These stories project sage Kaśyapa as the progenitor of all the living beings. He had thirteen wives, all of whom were the daughters of Dakṣa-prajāpati. Among these, Aditi, Diti and Danu were more well-known.

The sons of Aditi were ādityas or āditeyas (same as devas or suras or gods). The sons of Diti were the daityas. The sons of Danu were the dānavas. Sometimes the asuras, the daityas and the dānavas (as also the rākṣasas) are bracketed together. They seem to be the archetypes of violent, greedy and sinful beings. However, even from among them great persons like Prahlāda, Bali and Bāṇa had been born and their lives as men of virtue and devotees of God had been exemplary.

See also[edit]


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