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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

Dyaus literally means ‘that which shines’.

It is erived from the root ‘div’.[1] The word ‘dyaus’ or ‘dyo’ represents heaven, the region of light. It is sometimes treated as a deity or as the father of both gods and human beings.

Pṛthvī is considered as the mother. Hence the use of the word ‘dyāvāpṛthvī’ is used to represent the parents of all beings. These divine parents are invoked to grace their worshipers with rains, food, wealth and success in life.


  1. Div means to shine.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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