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Colonial Discourse and the Suffering of Indian American Children is now published after academic peer-review and available through open access.

In this book, we analyze the psycho-social consequences that Indian American children face after they are exposed to the school textbook discourse on Hinduism and ancient India. We show that there is an intimate connection―an almost exact correspondence―between James Mill’s ( a prominent politician in Britain and head of the British East India Company) colonial-racist discourse and the current school-textbook discourse. Consequently, this archaic and racist discourse, camouflaged under the cover of political correctness, produces in the Indian American children the same psychological impact as racism is known to produce: shame, inferiority, embarrassment, identity confusion, assimilation, and a phenomenon similar to racelessness where the children dissociate from the tradition and culture of their ancestors

This book is an outcome of 4 years of rigorous research as a part of our ongoing commitment at Hindupedia to challenge the representation of Hindu Dharma within Academia.


From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Krishna Maheshwari

  1. powerful
  2. the mighty Vānara king of Kişkindhyā who was the son of Indra, the half-brother of Sugriva and the husband of Tārā and the father of Ańgada. He was slain treacherously by Rāma while engaging in dual combat with Sugriva[1]
  3. Prahlāda's grandson, Bāli[2], was an asura and a devotee of Lord Viṣṇu.

Prahlāda's grandson[edit]

He died in a battle with Indra[3]. After being brought back to life by his guru Śukrācārya, he performed severe austerities and eventually received divine weapons which he used to usurpe svarga, the Kingdom of Indra.

After their defeat, the devas appealed to Lord Viṣṇu to help them regain their domain.

Viṣṇu as the muni named Vāmana[4] approached Bāli for alms. He asked Bāli for as much land as three strides which Bāli granted. Viṣṇu then increased his stature and occupied all the three worlds in his first two strides.

He then asked Bāli where to put his third stride as there was no land in the universe left. Bāli in order to fulfill his boon offered his head.

Viṣṇu, pleased with Bāli's unconditional generosity made him the king of the netherworld. In a later incarnation, Bāli became Indra in cycle of creation known as Sāvarṇika Manvantara. He is listed among the eight cirajivins (those who are immortal).


  1. Valmiki Rāmayana
  2. son of Virocana
  3. the king of devas
  4. the Dwarf avatar
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
  • Bāli by Jit Majumdar

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