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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

Kailāsa has been revealed as the abode or world of Śiva in the Rāmāyana, the Mahābhārata and some Purānas. It is one of the northern peaks of the Himalayas. It is also called as Rajatādri which means the silver mountain. Devotees of Śiva who get liberation are believed to go to this world. The modern Kailāsa mountain is about 40 km(25 miles) from the famous Mānasarovara in Tibet. There is a Kailāsanatha temple at Kāñcīpuram also.

Historical Events at Kailāsa[edit]

  • The Pāṇḍavas had visited this place during their pilgrimage while living in exile in the forest.
  • According to the Śivapurāna, Kṛṣṇa is said to have performed austerities here to please Śiva.
  • Alakāpurī, the capital of Kubera was also situated in this peak.
  • Rāvaṇa had once tried to uproot it with his twenty hands but was severely punished by Śiva who just pressed his big toe and got him trapped.


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