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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

According to the purāṇas, which contain a lot of geographical and historical material on the country, the Bhāratavarṣa is a part of the Jambudvīpa. It is divided into seven regions.

Dakṣiṇāpatha is the region in the South of the river Narmadā. Its extent is about one-fourth of Bhāratavarṣa. Some of the people inhabiting this region are:

  1. Pāṇḍyas
  2. Keralas
  3. Colas
  4. Setukas
  5. Musikas
  6. Kumāras
  7. Māhiṣakas
  8. Kāveras
  9. Vidarbhas
  10. Daṇḍakas
  11. Āndhras
  12. Rṣikas
  13. Kuntalas
  14. Etc.

The modern Deccan region is almost the same as Dakṣiṇāpatha.


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