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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

Dantāvakra literally means ‘One with un-shaped teeth’ or ‘One whose mouth is full of teeth,’ i.e., one with protruded teeth.

Dantāvakra was the prince of the country of Kanṣa (in Kaliṅga, identified with the modern Orissa). He was a nephew of Vasudeva, father of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. In his previous birth, he was Jaya (one of the two gate keepers of Vaikuṇṭha) who was cursed by by one of the Sanatkumāra sages.

He was a close friend of Siśupāla and invaded Dvārakā along with Sālva. He was killed in the ensuing battle by Śrī Kṛṣṇa. At the time of his death, it was reported that a light emerged out of his body and was merged with Śrī Kṛṣṇa.


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