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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

Nāgapāśa literally means ‘serpent rope’.

As a weapon of war, nāgapāśa is the arrow which becomes a snake and binds the enemy. It was used by Indrajit[1] against Rāma and Lakṣmaṇa.[2] Nāgapāśa, in iconographical works, is shown as a coiled serpent with two and a half coils in the hands of certain deities like Durgā. When it is thrown against an enemy, he can never escape from it.


  1. He was Rāvaṇa’s son.
  2. Rāmāyana 6.45
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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