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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

Nāciketāgni literally means ‘the fire of Naciketas’.

In the story of Naciketas as described in the Kathā Upaniṣad, the second boon that the young boy Naciketas asked from Yama, the god of death, was about the sacrifice in the fire that could help one to attain svarga or heaven after death. Yama taught him the same, in all its details and tested him at the end, just to know whether he had rightly comprehended this difficult subject. When he got excellent answers Yama was so pleased with Naciketas that he christened the sacrifice and the main fire in it, as ‘Nāciketāgni.’ However, the details of the sacrifice are not known.


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