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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

Tristhali literally means ‘the three great places of pilgrimage’.

Of all the places of pilgrimage some of the places are considered as the most ancient and holy. These places are:

  1. Prayāga - the modern Allahabad in the Uttar Pradesh State
  2. Kāśī - Vārāṇasī, the modern Banaras, also in Uttar Pradesh
  3. Gayā - in Bihar

These three together are called Tristhalī. Nārāyaṇabhaṭta (A. D. 1513) a well- known author of dharmaśāstras has written an authoritative and voluminous work called Tristhallsetu. It might have been composed around A. D. 1580 in Banaras.


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