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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

Haimavati literally means ‘daughter of Himavān’.

Pārvatī, the consort of Lord Śiva, is known by several names. One of the names is Haimavati, since she was born as the daughter of Himavān, the king of the Himalayas. The Kenopaniṣad[1] declares that Umā Haimavati appeared before the crestfallen Indra and taught to him brahmavidyā or knowledge of Brahman.


  1. Kenopaniṣad 3.12; 4.1
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore