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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

When the devas (gods) and dānavas (demons) wanted to churn the ocean of milk, kṣirasāgara, to get amṛta or ambrosia, they are said to have used the Mandara (or Mandāra) mountain as the churning rod. Viṣṇu supported the mountain on his back in his incarnation as Kurma or the tortoise.

Mandara mountain is sometimes enumerated among the seven ‘Kula-parvatas’. They are the mountains that act like the borders of the islands of this earth. A hill situated about 50 kms. (30 miles) south of Bhagalpur in Bihar has been identified with the Mandara of the purāṇas.


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

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