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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

The Devīpurāna is an Upapurāṇa belonging to the Śakti sampradaya, which mainly deals with the exploits of the Devī, especially as Vindhya-vāsinī. Devipurāṇa was probably composed in Bengal in the seventh century A. D.and the printed edition available now, is only a part of a much bigger original version. The method of the worship of the Devī mentioned in Devīpurāna is very different from that followed in present-day Bengal.

Content of Devīpurāna[edit]

The topics dealt by Devīpurāna include:

  • Dexterity of Devī Vindhya-vāsinī
  • Various stories connected with Devī’s incarnations
  • Devī’s relationship with Śiva and other gods
  • Śākta iconography
  • Śākta vows
  • Some cults of Śiva, Viṣṇu and Gaṇapati
  • Construction of towns and forts
  • Different Vedic schools
  • The science of medicine
  • Holy places
  • Giving gifts
  • Customs and usages of people


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