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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

Svadharma literally means ‘one’s own duty’.

This is a word that has been specially used in the Bhagavadgītā.[1][2][3][4] It is generally interpreted as sva-varṇa-āśrama-dharma. It means the duties that accrue to one as a result of his belonging to a particular varṇa[5] and āśrama[6]

Arjuna was kṣattriya and a gṛhastha or a householder. It was his svadharma or ordained duty to fight the evil forces and defend the good. It is noteworthy that svadharma should be on the righteous means of dharma, otherwise a thief may declare that stealing is his svadharma.


  1. Bhagavadgītā 2.31
  2. Bhagavadgītā 33
  3. Bhagavadgītā 3.35
  4. Bhagavadgītā 18.47
  5. Varṇa means caste.
  6. Āśrama means station in life.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore