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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

Yoginīs are a group of 64 female deities. They are associated with Durgā. Kākinī is one of the aspect of them.

She is generally pictured as having four faces, three eyes and two or four hands. She is generally decorated in yellow garments. She is shown as having a skull-bowl in one hand and exhibiting the abhayamudrā[1] in the other hand.

When she is shown having four hands, she carries a noose and show the varadamudrā.[2] She is also sometimes posited as the presiding goddess of the anāhatacakra.[3]


  1. Abhayamudrā means gesture of protection.
  2. Varadamudrā means boon-giving posture.
  3. Anāhatacakra means lotus of the heart.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore