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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

Kaliṅga literally means ‘country established by Kaliñga’.

The kingdoms of Aṅga, Vaṅga and Kaliñga were famous from the ancient times. Kaliñga was a prince who was the son of the sage Dirghatamas. The country conquered and ruled over by him came to be known as Kaliṅgadeśa. It is identified with the region between the rivers Mahānadī and Godāvarī. This region is presently situated in Orissa.

During the period of the rule of the Pāṇḍavas, Citrāṇgada[1] was the ruler of this country. Rājapura was its capital. Kaliṅga was famous for the best elephants needed for the armed forces.


  1. He was the maternal uncle of Duryodhana.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore