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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

Usā was the daughter of Bāṇāsura, a demon king who was a contemporary of Srī Kṛṣṇa. Once she dreamt of Aniruddha, grandson of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and fell in love with him. Citralekhā, her servant-maid who had magical powers, transported Aniruddha surreptitiously to Uṣā’s place. The couple lived happily for some time. However, when Bāṇāsura came to know of it, he imprisoned both of them. Later on, Sri Krsna invaded Bānāsura’s capital, defeated him and freed both of them.[1]


  1. Bhāgavata 10.62 and 63
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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