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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

Sindhu, a River[edit]

The name of the river Sindhu[1] appears many times in the Ṛgveda. According to the purāṇas, it is a branch of the heavenly river Gaṅgā. When Gaṅgā fell into the lake Bindu from heaven, it broke into seven branches, one of which was Sindhu which flowed towards the west. A bath in this river was supposed to take one to heaven.

Sindhu, a Country[edit]

Sindhu was also the name of a country. Jayadratha was its king during the period of the Mahābhārata. The country of Sindhu was famous for its robust and fine horses. Sindhu also means the sea.


  1. Sindhu is the modern Indus river.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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