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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

Satrughna literally means ‘one who kills or destroys the enemy’.

Satrughna was a son of Sumitrā, the second queen of Daśaratha. He and Lakṣmana were twins. He was very much attached to Bharata just as Lakṣmaṇa was to Rāma. Very little is mentioned about him in the first six books of Vālmīki’s Rāmāyaṇa. He was married to Srutakīrti, daughter of Kuśadhvaja, younger brother of Janaka. He was sent to Mathurā by Rāma to kill the demon-king Lavaṇāsura who had become a despot and terror to his subjects. He not only killed Lavaṇāsura but also took over the kingdom as it's ruler and ruled it according to the highest principles of dharma.

Since he had not seen Rāma for a long time he visited the hermitage of Vālmīki and then came to Ayodhyā after dividing his kingdom between his two sons Subāhu and Satrughāti who ruled from Mathurā and Vaidiśa respectively. Rāma was extremely happy to meet him. When Rāma decided to go back to his divine abode, Satrughna also followed him.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore