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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

Sthalapurāṇa literally means ‘local legend’.

Every place of pilgrimage, including its temples and sacred spots, has its own ancient story to tell. Such legends are transferred mostly by oral tradition, though the more famous ones have been incorporated in the well-known purāṇas and upapurāṇas. These are generally called sthalapurāṇas. One of the interesting factors to be noted in such sthalapurāṇas is that some renowned personalities from the epics and the purāṇas like Rāma, Hanumān and Kṛṣṇa, the Pāṇḍava brothers and sages like Nārada, Vasistha and Agastya or even great kings like Vibhīṣaṇa, Prahlāda and Bali will have visited almost all the places.


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

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