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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Great devotees of God have often been subjected to severe tests. But, by the very grace of God Himself, they also come out successful. King Rukmāṅgada is one such glorious example. An ardent devotee of Viṣṇu, the king Rukmañgada was fastidious in the observance of ekādaśi[1] as a vrata[2] consisting of total fasting and worship of God Viṣṇu. Once, as ill-luck would have it, he fell in love with a beautiful woman named Mohini promising her to do whatever she wanted.

On an ekādaśī day when Rukmāṅgada was fasting, she demanded that either he should break his fast or kill his son Dharmāṅgada.[3] Rukmāṅgada was not willing to do the first and was hesitant to do the second, when his son voluntarily offered to sacrifice himself. Just as he was about to behead his son, Viṣṇu appeared on the scene and took away the whole family to Vaikuṇṭha, his celestial abode. Mohinī had been specially sent by Brahmā, the creator, to subject the king Rukmāṅgada to this test. The ekādaśī day on which this happened is observed as Vaikuṇṭha Ekādaśī.[4]


  1. Ekādaśi means eleventh day after full- moon or new-moon.
  2. Vrata means religious vow.
  3. Dharmāṅgada was the son of the chief queen Sandhyāvalī.
  4. It falls on the eleventh day of the bright fortnight in the month of Mārgaśira, usually in December.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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