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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

Upaśruti literally means ‘oracular voices’.

Upaśruti is a curious mode of divining the future, described in some works on prognostication. One of the methods prescribes that three married woman along with a maiden, should worship an image of Gaṇeśa as per the rules given in the works. They should keep the image in front of the house of a washerman or an out-caste in the early morning and listen attentively to the conversations in the house uttered freely. A proper analysis of this can lead to the solution of the problem on hand.


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