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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

Akampana is literally translated as ‘the unshaken’.

A kṣattriya king of the Kṛtayuga[1] known as Akampana lost his son, Hari, in a battle and was stricken with inconsolable grief. The divine sage Nārada took pity on him and consoled him with love and logic, describing the inevitable end of all life.[2]

Akampana is also the name of a rākṣasa (demon) mentioned in the Rāmāyana.[3] He was the son of Sumāli and was the first to inform Rāvaṇa of the massacre of Khara and his assistants by Rāma. He was later killed in the battle by Hanumān.


  1. the golden age, the first of the four ages of the world
  2. Mahābhārata, Dronaparva 52 and Sāntiparva 2.62
  3. Aranyakānda 31, Yuddha- kānda 56
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore