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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

Prajāpati literally means ‘Lord of beings’.

The word ‘Prajāpati’ has been widely used in the Vedic literature, the Upaniṣads, the epics and the purāṇas. Literally, the word means ‘one who is the Lord of living beings.’ It was first used for the four-faced Brahmā, the creator. Later on, it was used to indicate the nine mānasaputras or mind-born sons of Brahmā like Kardama, Marici, Aṅgirasa, Dakṣa and others who were also great sages.

In the Upaniṣads, he is shown as a teacher of spiritual wisdom.[1][2] The Bhagavadgītā[3] describes him as giving special instructions to the gods and the human beings after creating them and yajña or sacrifice as a link between them.


  1. Chāndogya Upaniṣad 8
  2. Brhadāranyaka Upaniṣad 5.2
  3. Bhagavadgītā 3.10-12
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore