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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

Kahola was a disciple of the sage Uddālaka. Later, he married Sujātā, Uddālaka’s daughter and got Aṣṭāvakra as his son. He once visited the court of the king Janaka and was defeated by the sage Bandi in a philosophical disputation. Consequently he was imprisoned in water. Aṣṭāvakra rescued him.

As per the Bṛhadāranyaka Upaniṣad,[1] Kahola questioned the sage Yājñavalkya in the court of the king Janaka about the Brahman but was silenced by his brilliant answers.


  1. Bṛhadāranyaka Upaniṣad 3.5.1
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore