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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

Draupadi-ratha literally means ‘the chariot of Draupadī’.

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There are seven rock-cut temples in Māmallapuram or Mahābalipuram near Madras (or Chennai) on the east coast. They are generally called ‘Rathas’ since they resemble a ratha or a chariot in shape. The Draupadi-ratha is also one of them. It is the first on the northern side.


  • It is a simple cell of 3.3 meters (11 ft.) square externally and with a curvilinear roof rising to a height of 5.4 meters (18 ft.).
  • The cell inside measures 1.95 meters in depth and 1.35 meters across (6.5 ft. by 4.5 ft.).


  • On the back wall there is the figure of a female deity (with four arms) and her four attendants.
  • There are also two dvārapālikās (gate-keepers) at the entrance.
  • It is in Pallava style of architecture and belongs to the 7th cent. A. D.


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