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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

Kaṇva in Ṛgveda[edit]

‘Kaṇva’ was the name of many sages. Ṛgveda has a mention of one Kaṇva who was the son of Ghora. He has been mentioned as the author of 101 ṛks or Ṛgvedic mantras.

Kaṇva, Father of Śakuntalā[edit]

Sage Kaṇva was the foster-father of Śakuntalā. He not only brought her up but also took her to the king Duṣyanta, her husband. He was the son of another well-known sage Medhātithi.

Once he advised Duryodhana to make peace with the Pāṇḍavas. But the prince refused to listen and patted his thighs in arrogance. Hence Kaṇva cursed him that he would die with broken thighs.

His hermitage has been traced near the modern Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. A smṛti known as Kanvasmrti has been attributed to the sage Kaṇva and quoted by certain works like Smrticandrikā of Āpadeva-mīmārhsaka (A. D. 1200).


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