Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children Book Cover.webp

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

The Yādavas once offended their priest, sage Garga. He prayed to Śiva to boon him with a son who could destroy the Yādavas. Kālayavana was the son born to a celestial nymph from Garga.

Kālayavana was a very powerful warrior and demoniacal in nature. He harassed the Yādavas many times and even attacked their capital Dvārakā.

During one of his attack on Dvārakā, Kṛṣṇa tactfully drew him away and ran into a dark mountain cave where the great king Mucukunda was sleeping and hid himself. Kālayavana entered the cave and kicked the king thinking that he was Kṛṣṇa. When the king opened his eyes and saw Kālayavana, the latter was immediately reduced to ashes. King Mucukunda was granted this boon from the gods whom he had helped them in their fight against the demons.


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