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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 M. A. Alwar

Gender Form of Indranīlaḥ[edit]

Indranīlaḥ is a masculine form.

Origin of the Word Indranīlaḥ[edit]

It is derived from indravat nīlaḥ which means blue like Indra.

Synonyms of Indranīlaḥ[edit]

  • Emerald [1]
  • Pānnā in Hindi.
  • Nīla[2]

Hence the names of indranila and gomeda are also referred as Gomeda and pitaratnaka.

Genuineness of Indranīlaḥ[edit]

According to Cintāmaṇidhṛta, genuineness of this gem can be tested by dropping the gem in the glass of milk. If the milk turns blue, experts assert it to be indranīla.

References of Indranīlaḥ[edit]

  • Like a necklace of pearls interwoven with sapphires that cover it with their splendor[3]


  1. Hemachandra
  2. Bhāvaprakāśa
  3. Raghuvamśa 13.54
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu