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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

Gokula litearally means ‘the abode of cows’.

Gokula or Nandagokula was the village where the child Kṛṣṇa and his elder brother Balarāma spent their child hood days. It was a fertile and prosperous village of the cowherds situated on the bank of the river Yamunā. Nanda was the chieftain of the village.

Kṛṣṇa was attacked by many brawny demons sent by Kansa, who were destroyed by him. The people of the village migrated to the nearby Vṛndāvana which was also on the bank of the Yamunā river.

The modern Gokula is about 8 kms. from Mathurā in Uttar Pradesh. It is on the opposite lower stream of the Yamunā river. It is now the Head-quarters of the Vallabha sect of the Vaiṣṇavas.


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