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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

Astrology describes the effects of the movement of the heavenly bodies (e.g., planets and the stars) on human life.

The word ‘gaṇḍānta’ used in astrology, is a technical word indicating certain inauspicious timings and combinations. They exert inauspicious influences on birth, marriage, onset of a journey, an invasion and other similar incidents in life.

For instance:

  1. The conjunction of the 15th tithi with pratipad for two ghaṭikās that is 48 minutes.
  2. The conjunction of Karkāṭaka (Cancer) and Simha (Leo) for half a ghaṭikā that is 12 minutes.
  3. The conjunction of the stars Revatī and Aśvinī for four ghaṭikās that is 96 minutes.

These gaṇḍāntas produce evil effects on the child’s father, mother and so on. Hence all auspicious undertakings should be avoided during these periods.


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