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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

Nārāyaṇī literally means ‘the spouse or power of Nārāyaṇa’.

As the very name suggests, she is the śakti or female counterpart of Nārāyaṇa


Nārāyaṇī is a well-known name of Durgā too. The Devīmāhātmya contains a long hymn[1] on Nārāyaṇī and is known as the Nārāyaṇistuti. Nārāyaṇī or Nālāyanī was also the name of the sage Mudgala’s wife, her other name being Indrasenā. It was she who was reborn as Draupadī in her next birth.[2]


  1. Devīmāhātmya 17.1-35
  2. Mahābhārata, Ādiparva, ch. 212
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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