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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

Uttarā was the daughter of the king Virāṭa, the ruler of Matsyadeśa. She was taught the arts of music and dancing by Bṛhannalā.[1] She later married to Abhimanyu, the son of Subhadrā and Arjuna. When Abhimanyu was killed in the Kurukṣetra war she was pregnant, carrying the future king Parīkṣit. Though Parīkṣit was killed by Aśvatthāma, Kṛṣṇa by his divine powers revived him.


  1. Bṛhannalā was actually Arjuna in the disguise of a eunuch during the ajñātavāsa, living incognito in the palace of Virāṭa.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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