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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

Upakoṣala is also known as Kāmalāyana. He was a disciple of the sage Satyakāma Jābāla. He served his guru for twelve years, tending his sacred fires with great care and devotion. Though Satyakāma Jābāla educated and sent away his other disciples, he did not condescend to teach Upakoṣala. Even the sympathetic intervention of his wife in favor of Upakoṣala had no effect. Then Upakosala started fasting out of dejection. The Vedic fires which he had devotedly served, took pity on him and taught him that prāṇa[1] and the bliss one experiences in the region of the heart are Brahman. Later on, Satyakāma discovered that Upakoṣala had been taught by the Vedic fires. He completed the same by teaching him about the ātman, the seer in the eye.[2]


  1. Prāṇa means the life force.
  2. Chāndogya Upaniṣad 4.10 to 4.15
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore