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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

Kṛttikā is a nakṣatra or asterism. It is third in the series of 27 nakṣatras. It is actually a group of six stars known as the pleiades. Persons born under this nakṣatra are considered as demoniacal in nature.

These six stars are described in the purāṇas as six goddesses who simultaneously suckled the baby Subrahmaṇya who assumed six heads. Hence he came to be known as Saṇmukha or the Six faced one.

As per the Taittiriya Samhitā and the Atharvaveda, this nakṣatra was the first in the series. Some scholars have therefore attempted to fix the date of the Vedic Samhitās on the assumption that the vernal equinox occurred at that time when the sun was in Kṛttikā.


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