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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

Jamadagni was the son of the sage Rcīka and the princess Satyavatī. He is listed among the Saptarṣis, the group of seven great sages. He is also accounted amongst the gotrapravartakas.[1] He had married Reṇukā, the daughter of a king, Prasenajit.

He had five sons amongst whom the famous Paraśurāma, who is believed to be partial incarnation of Viṣṇu, was the last. Once, Jamadagni suspected the fidelity of his wife Renukā and ordered his sons to behead her. The first four refused and were cursed by him. But Paraśurāma complied with the command.

Pleased at his obedience, Jamadagni granted him a boon. Then Paraśurāma asked for the revival of his mother and withdrawal of the curse against his elder brothers. He even requested to give up his irascible temperament. Jamadagni agreed for all. He was killed by Surasena, the son of Kārtavīrya Arjuna, since he had refused to hand over the celestial cow Kapilā. This was the main reason for Paraśurāma’s tours of conquest against the kṣattriyas to destroy them.


  1. Gotrapravartakas means originators of lineages.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore