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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

"Yaksha Ne-che holding sword and mongoose" from Lhasa Tibet, 13th c.

Kubera was the king of Laṅkā. He was born as the son of the sage Viśravas and Devavarṇi. When his cousins, Rāvaṇa and Kumbhakarṇa, defeated him in a battle and usurped his kingdom, he did severe penance to please Lord Śiva. By his grace, he built a new kingdom and capital known as Alakāpurī on the Himalayas near Kailāsa, the abode of Śiva.

Kubera was the lord of the yakṣas[1] and possessed immense wealth. Nalakubara, famous for his extraordinary handsomeness, was his son from his wife Riddhi. He blessed Arjuna when he was per-forming tapas in the Indrakīla mountain with several divine weapons. Kubera is one of the eight dikpālakas, protectors of the quarters, ruling over the North.


  1. Yakṣas are a type of demigods.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore