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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

Muṣṭika and Cāṇura were the most powerful wrestlers in the court of the evil king Kaṅsa. When the latter invited Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma to attend a special sacrifice called Dhanuryāga at Mathura, they obliged. Out of the several stratagems employed by Kaṅsa to kill Kṛṣṇa was to challenge him and Balarāma for a wrestling bout with these two. In the ensuing fight, Kṛṣṇa killed Cāṇura whereas Balarāma finished Muṣṭika.


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