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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, reflecting our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

The purṇimā during the month of Jyeṣṭha, Jyeṣṭhapurṇimā[1] is known as the Snānayātrā day. This is the day on which Lord Jagannātha of Puri is said to have incarnated himself in the present form of that image. On this occasion, all the three images are brought out of the temple on to a platform and anointed by 108 pitchers of sacred water to the accompaniment of music and Vedic chants. The images are then dressed in resplendent clothes.


  1. It generally falls in May-June.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore