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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

The Licchavis, often mentioned in Buddhist works and even by Kauṭilya in his Arthaśāstra, were a powerful tribe of kṣattriyas. They belonged to the Vasiṣṭha gotra (lineage). Their capital was at Vaiśāli or Vesāli. They were one of the partners in the Vajjian confederacy. Theirs was a republican form of Government.

Though they were good in trade and commerce and hence quite prosperous, they lived a hard and austere life. In course of time, luxury crept into their life making them a soft nation. Their civilization was of a high standard and refinement.

Candragupta, the first, and Samudragupta (5th century CE) had married Licchavi princesses. The Licchavis had ruled Nepal also for some time.


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