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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

Pururavas was a heroic king mentioned even in the Ṛgveda[1] wherein a curious dialogue between him and Urvaśī, an apsaras or nymph, has been recorded. This oldest love-story of the two has been repeated in other sections of the Vedas like the Śaṭapatha Brāhmana[2] also. He was the son of Budha and Ilā.

The Viṣṇupurāṇa[3] contains a detailed version of the same story. The drama Vikramorvaśya of Kālidāsa[4] is based on it with several variations. Urvaśī, the divine damsel, was once banished to this earth wherein she fell in love with the king Pururavas and married him, laying certain conditions. After few years, it so happened that the king was once forced to violate the conditions, by a stratagem of the gods in heaven, whereby Urvaśī left him. All his efforts to get her back were in vain.


  1. Ṛgveda 10.95
  2. Śaṭapatha Brāhmana
  3. Viṣṇupurāṇa 4.6
  4. Kālidāsa 200 B.C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore