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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

Purāṇas and dharmaśāstras have played a very important part in molding society. Hemādri (13th Century A.D.) is one of the most prolific writers of the dharmaśāstra literature. His Caturvarga-cintāmani has been considered as a classic.

His other works are:

  1. Ayurvedarasāyana - a commentary on the Astāñgahrdaya of Vāgbhaṭa
  2. A commentary on the Raghuvamśa of Kālidāsa
  3. A commentary on Saunaka’s Pranavakalpa

He belonged to the Vatsagotra. He was the grandson of Vāsudeva and son of Kāmadeva. He was a high officer in the court of the Yādava kings Mahādeva and Rāmacandra of Devagiri.[1]


  1. It is modern Daulatabad in Maharashtra.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore