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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

Janasthāna is one of the places connected with Śrī Rāma, mentioned in the Rāmāyana of Vālmīki and was a part of the Daṇḍakāraṇya forest. Śrī Rāma, Sītā and Lakṣmaṇa lived here for quite a long time. Some important incidents of the story that took place here are:

  • Disfigurement of the ogress Surpaṇakhā
  • Decimation of Khara, Duṣaṇa and Triśiras along with their army of 14,000 demons by Śri Rāma
  • Allurement of Sitā by Mārica in the guise of a golden deer
  • Abduction of Sitā by Rāvaṇa


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