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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

Bāṇa or Bāṇāsura was the eldest son of the demon king Bali. He was a great devotee of Lord Śiva. He had obtained several boons from him. Anīruddha, the grandson of Kṛṣṇa, had surreptitiously married Bāṇa’s daughter Uṣā at her request. This led to a war between Kṛṣṇa and Bāṇa in which the latter was defeated.

Bāṇa is also the name of another asura or demon who had constructed three flying cities. At the behest of the gods like Indra, Śiva spared his life and permitted him to live in the Svarnapura (the golden city).


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