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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

Tāmraparni is a sacred river born in the Mahendra or Malaya mountains. It was flowing towards the sea. It is perhaps the river of the same name found in the Tinnevelli district of Tamil Nadu. Even gods used to perform tapas on its banks in the olden days. Megasthanes[1] has referred to it. The Girnar Inscription of Aśoka (272-232 B. C.) mentions it. Its bed used to have pearls in abundance. This is also the name of the she-elephant in the southern direction (diggaja) carrying the earth.


  1. Megasthanes lived in 302-288 B. C.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore