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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

Subhadrā was the daughter of Vasudeva and Devakī, and the younger sister of Kṛṣṇa. Arjuna, the Pāṇḍava hero and Subhadrā were in love with each other. Since Balarāma, the elder brother of Kṛṣṇa was against their marriage, Kṛṣṇa worked out a stratagem by which they eloped. Later on they were married.

Abhimanyu was her son. He was an extraordinarily brave warrior and was ruthlessly killed by the Kauravas by unethical means, in the Kurukṣetra war. After the war, she went to Dvārakā to live with her brothers. She is one of the three deities worshiped in the Jagannāth temple at Purī.[1]


  1. Purī is in Orissa.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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