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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

This was a small town where the Pāṇḍava princes along with their mother Kuntī lived for some time after escaping from the burning house made of lac. A fierce demon named Bakāsura was living near this town. He used to attack the town and eat whomsoever he could lay his hands on. Then the people of the town appealed him not do so and they themselves would send a person everyday as his food. When Kuntī came to know of this, that it was her turn to send her family member, she sent Bhīma. Bhīma killed the demon and freed the town of the great tormentor.


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