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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

Along with Sītā and Damayantī, Sāvitri also has been considered a paragon of wifely virtues. Her story appears in detail in the Mahābhārata.[1] She was the daughter of the king Aśvapati of Madradeśa. She chose to marry Satyavān, the only son of the blind king Dyumatsena of Sālvadeśa, even though the sage Nārada had warned her that he would die just after a year.

Dyumatsena was living with his wife in a hermitage in a forest after being deposed by the enemies. Satyavān was living with them, serving them with great care and devotion. On that fateful day, Sāvitri insisted upon accompanying Satyavān to the forest for his normal work. When, after some work, he fell sick and lay down on her lap, god Yama appeared there with his noose to take Satyavān’s soul to his world. Because of her power of chastity, she was not only able to see him but also follow him. After a lot of argument, in spite of Yama’s persuasive efforts to send her back, she pleased him with her devotion to her husband that he revived Satyavān, gave him a long life and also other boons she asked for. As a result, Dyumatsena regained his eyesight and kingdom. Satyavān became the king in course of time.


  1. Vanaparva, chapters 293-299
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore