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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

King Dhṛtarāṣtra gave the Pāṇḍava-s half the kingdom on their return to Hastināpura, after their marriage with Draupadī. The Pāṇḍava-s desired to build a suitable city for their capital. Kṛṣṇa called Viśvakarma, the architect of the gods, and asked him to build a city at Khāṇḍavaprastha, the level ground, where the Khāṇḍava forest was earlier situated. This had been burnt down by Agni, the fire-god. Arjuna and Kṛṣṇa had given him all the help and protection in this act.

Indraprastha, situated on the bank of the Yamunā river, was the most beautiful of all the cities of that time. Pāṇḍava-s conducted the Rājasuya sacrifice in their grand palace of this city. When the Pāṇḍava-s decided to leave for their final journey (mahāprasthāna), they crowned the prince Vajra, grandson of Kṛṣṇa, as the king of Indraprastha. The old city of Delhi is at the same site of Indraprastha.


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

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