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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

Annakuṭa literally means ‘heap of food’.

In the Dīpāvali festival, which falls during the months of Āśvina and Kārttika (usually in November), on the third day known as Balipratipad it is customary to worship the Govardhana hill which is near Mathurā (Uttar Pradesh). This is the legendary hill which Srī Kṛṣṇa as a boy is said to have lifted with his left little finger to protect the people and cattle of Vṛndāvana from the wrath of Indra who had sent incessant and heavy rains. Those who are not living near this hill are advised to make an image of the hill with cowdung or food. In the latter case, the heap of food (anna = food) is called annakuṭa and worship is offered to it.


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