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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

Jānaśruti was a king and the son of Janaśruta. He was the grandson of Putra, hence was also known as Pautrāyaṇa. He was well-known for his generosity, especially for giving food to the needy, through his numerous free kitchens all over the country.

One night when he was resting on the terrace of his palace, he heard the conversation between two swans flying over his head. One swan warned the other not to cross the brilliant light above Jānaśruti’s head lest it will be harmed. The other swan spoke mockingly and compared him to the sage Raikva who was far superior.

Jānaśruti who was upset by this conversation between the birds, so he sent his men in the morning to search the sage Raikva. They finally found him sitting under a cart and scratching his skin affected by scabies. The sage Raikva taught the king Saṃvargavidyā , when the king approached him for spiritual wisdom. This incident is described in the Chāndogya Upanisad [1].

The same story appears in the Skandapurāna [2] in a slightly different, but in a more detailed form. Here, the birds are actually devarṣis [3]. Raikva was so great that he had made all the sacred rivers stay in his hermitage as three small lakes. When Jānaśruti approached him for spiritual wisdom, he was asked to bathe in these lakes first. Then, his mind became quiet and fit enough to receive the teaching. When Raikva taught him spiritual wisdom, he attained liberation.


  1. Chāndogya Upanisad (4.1 to 4.3.4)
  2. Brahmakhanda—Setu-mādhava 29
  3. sages from among the gods
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore