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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

Kālindī literally means ‘that which originates from the hill Kalinda’.

Kālindī, Wife of Śrī Kṛṣṇa[edit]

The river Yamunā is well-known in the Vaiṣṇava purāṇas as Kālindī. One of the eight queens of Śrī Kṛṣṇa was Kālindī. She was the daughter of Surya and sister of Yamunā. She married him after performing severe austerities knowing that he was Viṣṇu himself. While on a hunting mission, Kṛṣṇa found her in a forest and married her after knowing her intentions. She bore him ten valiant sons.

Kālindī, a Pond[edit]

One of the ponds of the Yamunā river was also known as Kālindī. A sage Saubhari had once cursed Garuḍa not to come to this pond to eat up the snakes there. Consequently many snakes including the terrible Kāliyanāga made it their habitation.


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