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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

Darpaa literally means ‘that which increases one’s pride’.

Denotation of Darpaṇa[edit]

The word ‘darpaṇa’ is one of the common terms that indicates a mirror. It has been called accordingly as it increases the ‘darpa’ or the pride of a beautiful or a handsome person!

Significance of Darpaṇa[edit]

  • A mirror is one of the several objects that is shown in the hands of a female figurine or a goddess sculptured according to the rules of the Murtiśilpaśāstra or iconography.
  • It is also one of the aṣtamaṅgalas, eight objects signifying auspiciousness, normally used on auspicious occasions like the coronation of a king.


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