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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

A sage by name Māṇḍavya was once falsely accused of stealing and was put to death on a spear by the king. But, since he was innocent and had accumulated extraordinary powers by austerities, he did not die. When this was noticed, the king was frightened and got him released. He broke the spear but its ‘aṇi’ or point was firmly imbibed in the sage’s body. Hence he came to be known as Aṇimāṇḍavya.

Since he had once killed flies as a child, he was taken to the world of Yama after death. But he protested saying that the sin committed by children below fourteen years belongs to their parents. For his mistake of forcing the sage to go to his world, Yama was cursed to be born in the human world. He was born as Vidura (of Mahabharata).


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore