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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

Māndhātṛ was a great king. He was the son of the king Yavanāśva. He got this name because as the new born baby he was sustained by drinking nectar oozing out of Indra’s thumb.[1]

His wife was Bindumati. Purukutsa, Ambarīṣa and Mucukunda[2] were his sons. He successfully performed one hundred Aśvamedha and Rājasuya sacrifices. He is said to have fought Lavaṇāsura and was killed by him.


  1. Indra is said to have remarked, ‘mām dhāsyati,’ ‘He will suck my thumb’.
  2. All of whom proved to be great kings and devotees of God.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore