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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

Gopāsṭami literally means ‘eighth day connected with Gopa Kṛṣṇa’.

Great men like Kṛṣṇa have left an indelible impression upon the collective psyche of the people. Even a small incident in his life becomes a great event worthy to celebrate. Gopāṣṭamī is one such festival.

Kṛṣṇa as a little boy was given the task of grazing and looking after the calves only. He was too small to take care of the cows and the bulls. But when he grew into an adolescent boy, he had to be given the charge of cows and bulls too! The day on which this was done was Kārttika śukla aṣtamī. It was the eighth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kārttika (November). It was declared as Gopāṣṭamī.

Gopāṣṭamī is specially celebrated by feeding the cows, worshiping them and then circum-ambulating them. Being pleased by this, Lord Krṣṇa will fulfill all our desires.


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