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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.

Gārgi Vācaknavi

From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Gārgī, daughter of Vacaknu, was the only woman-sage who was present in the court of the king Janaka. She questioned Yājñavalkya, the greatest exponent of the knowledge of Brahman of his times, about the warp and woof that links all the things. Her learning is representative of the high intellectual standard of the women of the upper classes during the age of the Upaniṣads.


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