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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

Kardama is one of the nine mind-born sons of Brahmā. He was an ardent devotee of Viṣṇu. He pleased Viṣṇu by his austerities and got two boons:

  • A worthy wife
  • Lord Viṣṇu himself to incarnate as his son.

Soon thereafter, Manu, came to his hermitage and offered Devahuti, his daughter, in marriage to him.

Kardama had nine daughters and a son named Kapila. Anasuyā[1], Arundhatī[2] and Khyāti[3] were among his nine daughters.

After completing his duties as a householder, Kardama advised his wife Devahuti to get spiritual wisdom from their son Kapila. Kardama retired to the forest for austerities after this.


  1. Anasuyā is the wife of the sage Atri.
  2. Arundhatī was the wife of the sage Vasiṣṭha.
  3. Khyāti was the wife of the sage Bhṛgu.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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