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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

Bhāratavarṣa literally means ‘the continent ruled by Bharata’.

Ancient and medieval scriptures often refer to India as ‘Bhāratavarṣa,’ ‘Bharatakhaṇḍa,’ ‘Jambudvīpa’ and so on. Generally, the country situated to the south of the Himalayas and to the north of the Indian ocean is described as ‘Bhāratavarṣa,’ practically the same as modern India or undivided India.

Sometimes, Jambudvīpa is described as comprising of nine countries, out of which Bhāratavarṣa is one. The name ‘Bhārata- varṣa’ might have been derived from the names of its rulers like Manu (who was also called Bharata) or Bharata, the son of Ṛṣabhadeva or Bharata-Sarvadamana, the son of Duṣyanta and Śakuntalā.

Well-known mountains like Himāvat, Mahendra and Malaya, and rivers like Sarasvatī, Gaṅgā, Yamunā and Gomatī belong to this Bhāratavarṣa. Even in the early works it has been admitted that dharma was fully developed in the Bhāratavarṣa and that the people were highly cultured.


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