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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

Śakuni of the Mahābhārata could rival even Satan due to his villainy and craftiness. If Duryodhana’s heart was full of the raging, fire of jealousy and hatred, Śakuni was the breezy wind that spread it in his whole personality, ultimately destroying his entire race. He was the eldest son of the king Subala of the country of Gāndhāra. Gāndhārī, the chief queen of the blind king Dhrtarāṣtra, was his sister. Ever since her marriage, Śakuni started living in Hastināpura, the capital of the kings of the Kuru race. He had the master-mind of an evil genius and relentlessly prodded Duryodhana in his wicked pursuits. His nefarious designs and vile deeds may briefly be listed as follows:

  • Cheating the Pāṇdavas in the game of dice
  • Advising Duryodhana to decimate the Pāṇḍavas by any and every means
  • Encouraging Duryodhana to exhibit his glory, wealth and power before the Pāṇḍavas living as recluses in the forest and so on

He also participated in the Kurukṣetra war and was killed by Sahadeva on the last day. He is said to have been born out of the anger of the devas or gods, to destroy righteousness.[1] The epics and the purāṇas mention a few other Śakunis like a serpent, a demon, a king and a sage.


  1. Ādiparva 63.111
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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