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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 of word[edit]

Indraprastham is a neutral form

Origin of word[edit]

It is derived from 'indrasya indrakīlasya prastham iva' which means "Resembling the peak of Indrakīla mountain".

Indraprastham as per Mahābhārat[edit]

Indraprastham is the capital city of the Paṇḍavas[1] and was built with the help of Māya asura who Arjuna had saved during the burning of the Khāṇḍavavana.

Then, those great warriors, having performed an expiatory rite in a sacred, auspicious place, built a city led by Dvaipāyana; a city decorated with trenches resembling the seas. That Indraprastha shone like the heaven, like a group of clouds penetrated and encapsulated by lightning.[2]

It is presently known as Delhi.


  1. Mahābhārat 1-208,1-281
  2. Mahābhārat
  • Shabdakalpadrumah by Raja Radhakantdev, Varadaprasada Vasu, Haricarana Vasu