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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

Suras literally means ‘gods’.

The words sura and asura are commonly used in the Vedic and paurāṇic literature. They stand for the gods and the anti-gods or demons. Sura is one of the 25 names of the gods. The word asura is sometimes defined as one who revels in his senses.[1] The persons given to reckless sense enjoyments is called as asura. Opposed to them are the suras, the divine beings, beings of light and wisdom.


  1. It can be called as sveṣu asuṣu ramaṇāt.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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