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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

Lokasañgraha literally means ‘maintaining order in the society’.

This is a word peculiar to the Bhagavadgitā.[1] Among the various counter-arguments that Śri Kṛṣṇa gives to Arjuna to make him fight, lokasaṅgraha is also the one. It is interpreted as keeping the people within the orbit of dharma and not allowing them to transgress it. This has to be achieved by the leaders of the society even if they have transcended it by attaining mukti or liberation. They attain liberation by conforming themselves to the path of dharma and thus induce or inspire the common people also to do the same.

In this context, if Arjuna as a kṣattriya and prince does not discharge his duty to fight the evil-doers and destroy them, ordinary people in the society also will do the same and abandon their duties and responsibilities. This will ultimately upset the whole social balance.


  1. Bhagavadgitā 3.20, 25
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore