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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

Pṛthvī literally means ‘daughter of the king Pṛthu;’ ‘that whose quality is hardness or solidity’.

This word has generally been used in two senses:

  1. The element earth being one of the five fundamental elements involved in creation
  2. The earth in which we live

The latter is said to comprise seven dvīpas or islands known as:

  1. Jambudvīpa
  2. Plakṣadvīpa
  3. Sālmalīdvīpa
  4. Kuśadvīpa
  5. Krauñcadvīpa
  6. Sākadvīpa
  7. Puṣkaradvīpa

All these seven dvīpas are surrounded by different oceans like Lavaṇasamudra.[1] Bhāratavarṣa[2] is in the Jambudvīpa.


  1. It is an ocean of salt-water.
  2. It's other name is India.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore