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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

History of Vindhya Mountain Ranges[edit]

Vindhya is the famous mountain range separating the Deccan Plateau from the Indo-Gangetic plains of North India. According to the ancient legends, the Vindhya mountain which is considered a living deity, asked Surya[1] to circumambulate him, even as he was doing to the Meru mountain. When Surya politely refused, Vindhya started growing taller and taller, obstructing his path. The gods in heaven who were alarmed at this, requested the great sage Agastya to intervene. When Agastya arrived Vindhya bowed to him. The sage commanded him to be like that, until he returned from the south, which he never did.

Rivers Originating from Vindhya[edit]

Some of the rivers that take their birth from the Vindhya are:

  1. Tapatī
  2. Payoṣṇī
  3. Nirvindhyā
  4. Veṇā
  5. Kumudvatī
  6. Durgamā
  7. Sīlā

People Residing Around Vindhya[edit]

Vindhyapṛṣṭha is the territory of this region wherein the following races of people live:[2]

  1. Mālada
  2. Karuṣa
  3. Utkala
  4. Māṣa
  5. Daśārṇa
  6. Bhoja
  7. Kiṣkindhaka
  8. Vītihotra
  9. Avanti


  1. Surya is the Sun-god.
  2. Matsyapurāṇa Ch. 114, verses 53 to 55
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore