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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

Utathyagitā literally means ‘the teaching of the sage Utathya’.

Significance of Utathyagitā[edit]

This is one of the several minor Gītās found in the Mahābhārata.[1] It is the teaching given by the sage Utathya to the king Māndhātā of the solar dynasty. This has been recounted by Bhīṣma to the king Yudhiṣṭhira. The total number of verses is 96. It delineates in detail the duties of a king, what he is expected to do and what he was to abjure.

Contents of Utathyagitā[edit]

The work repeatedly stresses that the primary duty of a king is to protect dharma and the people under his care and not selfish enjoyment of the pleasures of life. The following are some of his duties and responsibilities:

  • Sticking to the path of dharma in his personal life and ruling the kingdom according to it
  • Performing the Vedic sacrifices as prescribed by the scriptures and honoring the priests generously
  • Employing honest and efficient persons as ministers and high officers
  • Preventing his subjects from going astray and committing sins
  • Punishing the wicked
  • Protecting the brāhmaṇas who are the custodians of dharma
  • Earning and spending money as per the rules of dharma
  • Developing enough strength to protect himself and his kingdom
  • Protecting the weak against the strong
  • Not burdening people by high taxation
  • Meting out impartial justice
  • Earning the goodwill of the people by all righteous means
  • Destroying the enemies and strengthening the bonds with genuine friends


  1. Śāntiparva, chapters 90 and 91
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore