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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

Śibi is also known as Vṛṣādarbhi. He was a king of Kāśī. He had taken a vow that he would protect anyone who took refuge in him. Once Indra and Agni decided to subject him to a severe test. Indra took the form of a hawk and Agni took the form of a pigeon. The hawk started pursuing the pigeon to kill it and eat it. The pigeon managed to approach the king Śibi and sought his protection, which he instantly promised.

When the hawk also approached him to give the pigeon which was its rightful food, Śibi struck a compromise saying that he would give as much flesh as the pigeon weighed, from his own body. When he started cutting his own body, the two gods revealed themselves in their true form, appreciated his sacrifice and gave him several boons including making his body whole as it was earlier.[1]


  1. Mahābhārata, Vanaparva, 197
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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